U.S. Embassy’s statement on supreme court nominees (December 12)

U.S. Embassy’s statement on supreme court nominees (December 12)   Over recent months the U.S. Embassy has closely watched the process of selection of Georgia’s Supreme Court justices for lifetime appointments. In May we expressed disappointment at Parliament’s adoption of selection procedures that failed to incorporate many of the recommendations of the Venice Commission, OSCE/ODIHR, ... Read More»

Launch of Developing Regional Information and Voter Empowerment for Democracy (DRIVE) Activity (December 12)

Launch of Developing Regional Information and Voter Empowerment for Democracy (DRIVE) Activity (December 12) Today, on December 12th, USAID, along with the Eastern European Centre for Multiparty Democracy (EECMD) and the Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC) launched the DRIVE Democracy Activity, a three year one million dollar project designed to help empower Georgian Citizens to ... Read More»

The U.S. supports Georgia in CBRN threat preparedness (December 11)

The U.S. supports Georgia in CBRN threat preparedness (December 11)   Today CDA Elizabeth Rood opened the 5th Annual Interagency Council on CBRN threats and highlighted the United States and Georgia’s shared commitment to, and investment in, global security. The United States, through the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), committed equipment and training to Georgia ... Read More»

International Human Rights Day 2019

International Human Rights Day 2019 Human Rights Day is observed by the international community every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the  Universal Declaration of Human Rights . The formal inception of Human Rights Day dates from 1950, after the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V) inviting all States and interested ... Read More»

Major General Carden attended the 25th Anniversary of the State Partnership Program between Georgia and the state of Georgia (December 10)

Major General Carden attended the 25th Anniversary of the State Partnership Program between Georgia and the state of Georgia (December 10) Today Major General Thomas Carden attended the 25th Anniversary of the State Partnership Program to commemorate the enduring relationship between the country of Georgia and the U.S. state of Georgia. The State Partnership Program ... Read More»

International Anticorruption Day (December 9)

International Anticorruption Day (December 9)   Today, on International Anticorruption Day, we reaffirm our commitment to prevent and combat corruption globally.  Corruption obstructs economic growth and development, facilitates transnational crime, and fuels terrorism, robbing citizens around the world of their basic rights.  Corruption enables and sustains autocratic leaders, weakens faith in democratic systems, creates opportunities ... Read More»

Colonel Bagley speaks at the Women in the Military Field event (December 9)

Colonel Bagley speaks at the Women in the Military Field event (December 9) U.S. Defense Attaché to Georgia, Colonel Stephanie Bagley, was invited to share her experience at the Women in the Military Field Speakers event. During her speech, COL Bagley, who is the first female U.S. Defensé Attache to Georgia, spoke about challenges and opportunities for women in the military. She underlined ... Read More»

Security Awareness During the Holiday Season

U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia (December 9, 2019) Location:  Georgia, countrywide Event:  During the holiday season, we remind U.S. citizens that there are ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology throughout Europe, including in Georgia.  Extremists continue to focus on locations such as Christmas holiday markets, shopping malls, airports, clubs, ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s media comment before the start of the meeting between the ruling party and the opposition (December 8)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s media comment before the start of the meeting between the ruling party and the opposition (December 8) CDA Rood: Last week, the ruling party and opposition met to begin a dialogue aimed at restoring trust and identifying the best way forward to make Georgia 2020 Parliamentary elections a real step forward in ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s media comment made following the meeting between the ruling party and opposition (December 8)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s media comment made following the meeting between the ruling party and opposition (December 8)   Q-n about the outcome of the dialogue CDA Rood:  We had a second round of dialogue in a constructive atmosphere, and we agreed that we would meet again to continue the discussion.  With the encouragement of the ... Read More»

First Shipment of US Wheat Arrives in Georgia (December 6)

First Shipment of US Wheat Arrives in Georgia (December 6) This week the first shipment of high-quality U.S. wheat arrived in Poti under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food for Progress program. Georgian companies can now buy U.S. Hard Red Winter Wheat in Georgia and explore new ingredient options for high-quality bread and pastries. The ... Read More»

Statement in support of the National Democratic Institute and the International Republican Institute (December 6)

Representative Eliot L. Engel, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today issued the following statement in support of the National Democratic Institute and the International Republican Institute (December 6)   “Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Georgia has made tremendous strides forward developing democracy and the rule of law—values at the core of ... Read More»

This Week in Iran Policy, December 2-6 (December 6)

This Week in Iran Policy, December 2-6 (December 6)   “Our role…is to support freedom wherever we are able to do so, to create transparency so that the world can see. In Iran, the reporting indicates that there are several hundred people who have been killed by the security forces, thousands detained inside of Iran, ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood attends opening Ceremony at MCC-rehabilitated Kutaisi # 17 School (December 5)

CDA Elizabeth Rood attends opening Ceremony at MCC-rehabilitated Kutaisi # 17 School (December 5) On December 5, 2019, Charge d’Affairs Elizabeth Rood attended the opening of #17 Public School in Kutaisi, celebrating its Millennium Challenge Corporation-funded renovation. Kutaisi School # 17, which enrolls more than 1,400 students, was renovated in July of 2019 in the ... Read More»

CDA Rood meets Civil Society in Kutaisi (December 5)

CDA Rood meets Civil Society in Kutaisi (December 5) Today, Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood met with civil society activists in Kutaisi to discuss the role of local civil society organizations in representing local citizens and strengthening Georgia’s democracy. The CDA emphasized the U.S. Government’s support for civil society and encouraged the activists to continue to ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy joins “16 Days of Activism” campaign to end gender-based violence (December 5)

The U.S. Embassy joins “16 Days of Activism” campaign to end gender-based violence (December 5) The U.S. Embassy’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) joined the 16-day campaign against gender-based violence by providing a weeklong training to the Georgian police titled “Domestic Violence Practical Intervention.” The classes were taught by U.S. police ... Read More»

CDA Rood’s Remarks to the media at the International Black Sea University (December 2)

CDA Rood’s Remarks to the media at the International Black Sea University (December 2) q-n about the event This is the 12th annual American Cities Conference of the International Black Sea University, and it is such a wonderful opportunity for experts in this field to discuss the latest research and developments having to with the ... Read More»

CDA Rood’s comment to media after the meeting between the opposition and the ruling party (November 30)

CDA Rood’s comment to media after the meeting between the opposition and the ruling party (November 30)   Q-n: about the details of the dialogue that has just finished, of the ruling party considers the German model complies with the Georgian constitution CDA Rood: This morning, before this meeting started, I said that we hoped ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Comment to Media at Biltmore Hotel (November 30)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Comment to Media at Biltmore Hotel (November 30)   Q-n about the significance of the consensus between the ruling party and the opposition, and If this can be achieved CDA Rood; As you recall, the United States, along with the European Union Delegation, expressed a strong hope and called for a dialogue ... Read More»

U.S. Support for Ukrainian Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity (November 27)

U.S. Support for Ukrainian Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity (November 27)   The United States reaffirms our unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the lead up to the December 9 Normandy Format Summit among Ukraine, France, Germany, and Russia — the first since 2016. The United States is committed to working with our ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood visiting Kharagauli (November 26)

CDA Elizabeth Rood visiting Kharagauli (November 26) November 26, Chargé d’Affairs Elizabeth Rood traveled to Kharagauli, where she visited several historic monuments, including the “Devi Cave,” the site of the oldest prehistoric human remains in the territory of Georgia. CDA Rood also visited a museum exhibition in Kharagauli, where she viewed the work of artist Badri Philishvili, a self-taught painter and musician from ... Read More»

U.S. company wins first-ever approval of Ebola vaccine (November 26)

U.S. company wins first-ever approval of Ebola vaccine (November 26)   The U.S. pharmaceutical firm Merck & Co. has won the first-ever regulatory approval of a vaccine against the Ebola virus, a major boon in the fight against the deadly disease. The European Commission’s November 10 decision granting a significant step toward full approval of ... Read More»

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (November 25)

Secretary Pompeo on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (November 25)   In observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25 and the accompanying 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, the United States is proud to reaffirm its commitment to defending the rights of ... Read More»

Minister of Defense Irakli Gharibashvili Visit to the United States (November 25)

Minister of Defense Irakli Gharibashvili Visit to the United States (November 25) November 25, 2019.  Georgian Minister of Defense Irakli Gharibashvili completed an official visit to the United States, the highlights of which were meeting with United States Deputy Secretary of Defense David Norquist and the signing of the Bilateral Security Cooperation Framework.  Minister Gharibashvili ... Read More»

This Week in Iran Policy, November 18-22 (November 22)

This Week in Iran Policy, November 18-22 (November 22)   “As Iranians take to the streets in protest, the Ayatollahs in Tehran continue to use violence and imprisonment to oppress their people. The United States’ message is clear: the American people stand with the people of Iran.” – Vice President Mike Pence, Twitter, November 20 ... Read More»

Culture for Canines (November 21)

Culture for Canines (November 21) On November 21, Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood hosted Culture for Canines, a fundraiser for the Dog Organization of Georgia (DOG). The acclaimed Balada trio and their conductor Nana Kalandadze, Juilliard-trained pianist David Aladashvili, and jazz singer Maia Baratashvili serenaded guests in a stellar concert followed auctions to raise funds for ... Read More»

Honoring the Heroes in the 1979 Attack on the U.S. Embassy Islamabad (November 20)

Honoring the Heroes in the 1979 Attack on the U.S. Embassy Islamabad (November 20) Forty years ago, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, was attacked and nearly burned to the ground by a violent group of protesters.  Today, we honor the four members of the Embassy team killed in that tragic event:  two Americans – ... Read More»

U.S. infrastructure company “Acrow Bridge” ready to do business in Georgia (November 19)

U.S. infrastructure company “Acrow Bridge” ready to do business in Georgia (November 19)   On November 19, 2019, Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood hosted a reception to present U.S. infrastructure company Acrow Bridge to representatives of the Georgian government, international organizations, and the business community.  In her welcome remarks, CDA Rood and Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Irakli Karseladze highlighted the desire for more ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at 5th Annual Meeting on Hep C (November 19)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at 5th Annual Meeting on Hep C (November 19) Q-n about the event Charge d’affairs, Elizabeth Rood:  With the help of the United States, Georgian health authorities have made extraordinary progress towards eradicating hepatitis C here in Georgia.  At today’s meeting, experts from different parts of the world are coming ... Read More»

Joint Maritime Operations Center Interagency Council Meeting (November 18)

Joint Maritime Operations Center Interagency Council Meeting (November 18) On November 18, Charge d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood met with members of the Joint Maritime Operations Center (JMOC) Interagency Council to discuss progress and encourage support for the future development of the JMOC.  The JMOC is an interagency coordination center for early detection, identification, and response to maritime threats ... Read More»

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) (November 18)

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) (November 18) On November 18 Acting DCM Jason Kalbfleisch met with aspiring and established entrepreneurs as he kicked off Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW).  The Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) of Georgia, supported by the U.S. Embassy has created a week of programming around the country, including promoting entrepreneurship among youth and women ... Read More»

Statement by the Embassy of the United States of America and the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia (November 17)

Statement by the Embassy of the United States of America and the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia (November 17) The Embassy of the United States of America and the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia recognize the deep disappointment of a wide segment of Georgian society at the failure of Parliament to ... Read More»

The US Embassy Statement on Detention of Dr. Vazha Gaprindashvili (November 16)

The US Embassy Statement on Detention of Dr. Vazha Gaprindashvili (November 16) The U.S. Embassy calls for the immediate release of Dr. Vazha Gaprindashvili, a well-known Georgian physician and president of the Association of Orthopedists and Traumatologists of Georgia, who was sentenced by the de facto authorities in Georgia’s South Ossetia region on November 15 ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Outside the Parliament building in downtown Tbilisi and in various locations around Georgia, November 15-17 Event: Potential for Ongoing Demonstration Activities Protest activity to continue today and throughout the weekend, especially around the Parliament building and Rustaveli Avenue in downtown Tbilisi. In particular, multiple large demonstrations are anticipated on Sunday afternoon and evening (November ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Outside the Parliament building in downtown Tbilisi Event: Potential Protest Activity at Parliament building on November 14, 2019.  There have been calls for a larger demonstration at 19:00pm. U.S. government personnel have been advised to avoid large crowds and demonstrations and to prepare for anticipated traffic delays and disruptions in that area. Actions to ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy statement on Parliamentary vote on proportional elections (November 14)

U.S. Embassy statement on Parliamentary vote on proportional elections (November 14) As we stated previously, the U.S. Embassy welcomed the Georgian Dream party’s stated intention to transition to fully proportional parliamentary elections in 2020 and considered this an important step in advancing Georgia’s democratic development and strengthening trust among political parties. We are disappointed, therefore, ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo At the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Small Group Ministerial (November 14)

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo At the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Small Group Ministerial (November 14)   SECRETARY POMPEO:  Well, good morning, everyone.  Welcome. I first want to thank Secretary General Stoltenberg, Under Secretary of Defense Rood – John – and the representatives of 31 partners for being here today.  Thank you all so much ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s comment to media at the announcement of  the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) for Jvari Monastery (November 12)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s comment to media at the announcement of  the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) to fund a project on the conservation of damaged stones on the facades of the Major Church at Jvari Monastery (November 12)   q-n about the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) on the Jvari Monastery damage study    ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy to Fund First Phase of Jvari Monastery’s Conservation Works (November 12)

On November 12, the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi will announce funding for a project focused on the conservation of damaged stones on the facades of the Major Church at Jvari Monastery.  Funding for the project was made available by a grant through the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP). The $100,000 project will be implemented by ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia (November 7, 2019) Location: Cinema locations in Tbilisi and Batumi, November 8-10 at various showtimes between 7:00pm and 11:00pm. Event: Potential Protest Activity at Movie Screenings Various groups are calling for protests against the screening of the movie “And Then We Danced” in Georgia November 8 – 10.  ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to media at GDSC 2019 (November 6)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to media at GDSC 2019 (November 6)    Q-n about the event Charge d’Affairs, Elizabeth Rood:  Georgia’s Defense and Security Conference is an excellent opportunity for people in government and experts in the security and defense fields to talk about Georgia’s progress towards Euro-Atlantic integration.  This year’s conference is going to ... Read More»

International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (November 2)

International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (November 2)   In far too many places around the world, journalists are killed, tortured, jailed, and harassed for reporting that exposes the abuses of corrupt regimes, undermines the work of terrorist and criminal organizations, gives voice to overlooked communities, and counters disinformation. As of December ... Read More»

CDA Rood attends Transparency International Georgia’s conference on hate speech (November 1)

Freedom of expression is a value shared by Georgia and the United States and a basic condition for individual liberty and for maintaining a free society. On November 1, CDA Rood spoke at Transparency International Georgia’s conference on hate speech, an event supported by USAID’s Promoting Rule of Law in Georgia activity. She emphasized that ... Read More»

CDA Rood Attends NATO-Georgia Public Diplomacy Forum (October 31)

CDA Rood Attends NATO-Georgia Public Diplomacy Forum (October 31) CDA Elizabeth Rood at the 4th Annual NATO-Georgia Public Diplomacy Forum to chair a panel discussion called “Investing in Resilience: The Power of Education.” The NATO-Georgia Public Diplomacy Forum provides a high-level platform for cross-sector collaboration in order to explore the common ground and goals between ... Read More»

Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Jason Kalbfleisch’s comments to media at U.S. Education Fair Tbilisi (October 30)

Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Jason Kalbfleisch’s comments to media at U.S. Education Fair Tbilisi (October 30)   Q-n about U.S. Education Fair A/DCM Jason Kalbfleisch: We are very excited today to have 16 American universities here. I think it is a great opportunity for Georgian students and for the United States. The U.S. Embassy ... Read More»

The U.S. Government donates a truck to Georgian K9 unit (October 28)

The U.S. Government donates a truck to Georgian K9 unit (October 28) Today CDA Rood met the Georgian Ministry of Interior’s working drug detection dogs.  Since 2014, the U.S. government has trained 14 dogs for the Georgian MoI to strengthen its ability to stop to flow of illegal drugs.  Today the dogs and their handlers ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump on the Death of ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (October 27)

Remarks by President Trump on the Death of ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (October 27) Diplomatic Reception Room 9:20 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Last night, the United States brought the world’s number one terrorist leader to justice.  Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead.  He was the founder and leader of ISIS, the most ruthless and violent ... Read More»

International Religious Freedom Day (October 27)

International Religious Freedom Day (October 27)   Freedom of religion is a cherished American value and a fundamental freedom. The Founding Fathers understood religious freedom not as the state’s creation, but as the unalienable birthright of human beings. Today, we commemorate the 21st anniversary of the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act (IRF Act), landmark legislation ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Media Remarks at Millennium Innovations Awards (October 26)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Media Remarks at Millennium Innovations Awards (October 26)   Question about the event CDA Elizabeth Rood: I am very pleased to join Deputy Minister of Education Irine Abuladze, Millennium Foundation Chef Executive Magda Maghradze, representatives of the U.S Embassy, and partners from the government and private sector to launch the Sixth Annual ... Read More»

Charge d’affaires Elizabeth Rood Comment to Media at the Reception on USS Porter (October 24)

Charge d’affaires Elizabeth Rood Comment to Media at the Reception on USS Porter (October 24)   CDA Rood: It is my honor to welcome the USS Porter crew in Batumi today. We look forward to increasing relations between the United States and Georgia in matters of Black Sea security. The USS Porter’s visit is the ... Read More»

The USS Porter Visits Batumi Port (October 22)

The USS Porter Visits Batumi Port (October 22) On October 22, USS Porter (DDG 78) entered Batumi harbor. The visit serves to highlight the continued cooperation between the U.S. and Georgia to promote regional peace and stability. Commander C.M. Trent was greeted by Georgian Officials at the harbor and offered a traditional glass of Georgian ... Read More»

The USS Porter Visits Batumi Port (October 22)

The USS Porter Visits Batumi Port (October 22)   The United States Ship (USS) Porter (DDG 78) arrives in Batumi for a port visit on October 22. The visit serves to highlight the continued cooperation between the U.S. and Georgia by promoting regional peace and stability. This will be the ship’s second visit to Georgia.  ... Read More»

CDA Rood meets Women in Science camp participants (October 18)

CDA Rood meets Women in Science camp participants (October 18)  On October 18, CDA Elizabeth Rood met with participants of the Women in Science (WiSci) STEAM camp to congratulate and encourage them to follow their dreams pursuing science, technology, engineering, arts & design, and mathematics (STEAM) in their higher education and careers. WiSci Girls’ STEAM ... Read More»

Charge d’Affairs, Elizabeth Rood’s Comments to Media at USAID Elections and Political Processes Program (October 18)

Charge d’Affairs, Elizabeth Rood’s Comments to Media at USAID Elections and Political Processes Program (October 18) q-n about the new 14$ million USAID project aimed to empowered citizens for responsive politics Elections and Political Processes program Charge d’Affairs, Elizabeth Rood: Georgia is standing at a very important moment in its democratic development because the anticipated move ... Read More»

Supporting Georgian National Parks Preservation and Economic Sustainability (October 17)

Supporting Georgian National Parks Preservation and Economic Sustainability (October 17)   On October 17, the United States government, through USAID/Georgia, invested $1,600,000 in a five-year program to preserve and protect Georgia’s national parks while generating economic opportunities. The USAID National Parks and Ecotourism Program (NPE) will support Georgia’s Journey to Self-Reliance by transitioning the operation ... Read More»

Special Representative for Syria Engagement James F. Jeffrey Remarks to the Traveling Press (October 17)

Special Representative for Syria Engagement James F. Jeffrey Remarks to the Traveling Press (October 17)   MS ORTAGUS: Do you have something to say first? AMBASSADOR JEFFREY: Yeah, just the Vice President, Mike Pompeo, and National Security Advisor O’Brien came out here to carry out the President’s directive to get a ceasefire as soon as possible in ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (October 16)

Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (October 16) The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke yesterday with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. Secretary Pompeo reiterated U.S. opposition to Turkey’s military offensive and underscored President Trump’s call for the Turkish Government to stop its invasion ... Read More»

Pompeo on religious freedom: The world must hear the truth (October 15)

Pompeo on religious freedom: The world must hear the truth (October 15) U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo laid out the “dire condition of religious freedom around the world” and highlighted the Trump administration’s efforts to safeguard human dignity. Around the world, “more than 80% of mankind lives in areas where religious freedom is ... Read More»

Sanctioning the Government of Turkey in Response to the Ongoing Military Offensive in Northeast Syria (October 14)

Sanctioning the Government of Turkey in Response to the Ongoing Military Offensive in Northeast Syria (October 14)   On Friday, the United States signaled its intent to take action in response to Turkey’s ongoing unilateral military offensive in northeast Syria. President Donald J. Trump has now signed an Executive Order to press Turkey to halt ... Read More»

Senior State Department Officials On the Situation in Syria (October 10)

Senior State Department Officials On the Situation in Syria (October 10)   MODERATOR:  Thanks, everybody, for joining us this afternoon.  Sorry to be a few minutes late here at the end of the day, but this is a follow-up from the backgrounder that we had with our State Department bullpen on Monday.  We’re going to ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at EPAG’s 5th Anniversary (October 8)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at EPAG’s 5th Anniversary (October 8)   Q-n about the event Charge d’affairs, Elizabeth Rood: Of all the diplomatic tools the United States has for strengthening and deepening the strategic partnership between the United States and Georgia, probably the most powerful, and the most effective, is our exchange programs, ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Dialogue Platform Event (October 7)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Dialogue Platform Event (October 7) Q-n about the event  Charge d’affairs, Elizabeth Rood: The United States Embassy is very pleased to support this dialogue on quality of life and preserving cultural heritage. We believe it is very important in a country like Georgia, where cultural heritage is so ... Read More»

The U.S. Government through USAID supports Georgia in Improving the Quality of Governance (October 2)

The U.S. Government through USAID supports Georgia in Improving the Quality of Governance (October 2) The U.S. Government, in partnership with the Government of Georgia, is working to improve the quality of governance in the country. Democracy flourishes when government agencies are transparent, accountable, and effective. The government of the United States, through USAID’s Good Governance Initiative, supports ... Read More»

A new border police station opens in Georgia through the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency funding (October 2)

A new border police station opens in Georgia through the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency funding (October 2)   Border Police officers often work under difficult conditions. That is why it is especially important that their living and working infrastructure is modern and comfortable. From now on, through funding from the U.S. Government, Khriani Border ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at National Day of China (September 27)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at National Day of China (September 27)   Q-n about the national day of China CDA Rood:  The United States is happy to congratulate China on its national day, and we hope that Georgia’s relations with China, as well as with many friends and partners, will contribute to regional ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the Announcement of OPIC Loan to Liberty Bank (September 25)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the Announcement of OPIC Loan to Liberty Bank (September 25)   Q-n about the event Charge d’affairs, Elizabeth Rood:  The United States Embassy is very pleased that the United States Overseas Private Investment Corporation, or OPIC, is providing this loan of $15 million to Liberty Bank.  This will allow ... Read More»

The United States Imposes Sanctions on Chinese Companies for Transporting Iranian Oil (September 25)

The United States Imposes Sanctions on Chinese Companies for Transporting Iranian Oil (September 25)   Today, the United States is taking further action as part of our maximum economic pressure campaign against the Iranian regime and those who enable its destabilizing behavior.  We are imposing sanctions on certain Chinese firms for knowingly engaging in a ... Read More»

The U.S. Government Supports Georgian Hazelnut Producers via USAID (September 24)

The U.S. Government Supports Georgian Hazelnut Producers via USAID (September 24) In western Georgia, the hazelnut sector is represented by small farmers who face barriers to producing consistently high-quality crops, mostly due to a lack of handling services after the harvest. Unfortunately, the industry’s current drying capacity is less than ten percent of the annual ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood participates in World Clean up Day (September 22)

CDA Elizabeth Rood participates in World Clean up Day (September 22) Today, on September 22, Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood participated in World Clean Up Day 2019 Event, which took place at Krtsanisi Park, Tbilisi. Together with the volunteers, USAID representatives, staff members and officials of Wildlife Agency of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

September 20, 2019 Location: Outside the Parliament building on Rustaveli Avenue in downtown Tbilisi Event: A demonstration is expected to take place at approximately 7:00pm today (Friday, September 20) to mark the three month anniversary since the protest activities on June 20.  Some streets may be closed.  U.S. government personnel have been advised to avoid the area ... Read More»

U.S. Sanctions Iran’s Central Bank, National Development Fund, and Etemad Tejarat Pars (September 20)

U.S. Sanctions Iran’s Central Bank, National Development Fund, and Etemad Tejarat Pars (September 20)   In a failed attempt to disrupt the global economy, the Islamic Republic of Iran attacked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This act of aggression was sophisticated in its planning and brazen in its execution. Regardless of transparent attempts to shift ... Read More»

Providing Custom-Built Wheelchairs for Georgian Army Veterans (September 20)

Providing Custom-Built Wheelchairs for Georgian Army Veterans (September 20) On September 20, Georgian veteran-owned company provided custom-built wheelchairs to Georgian veterans to help them gain the mobility and independence they need to readapt and thrive in civilian life. These chairs are built by Georgian veterans who have first-hand knowledge of the needs of their fellow ... Read More»

Charge d’Affairs Elizabeth Rood Media Remarks on the sidelines of Black Sea 2nd Regional Steering Committee Meeting (September 17)

Charge d’Affairs Elizabeth Rood Media Remarks on the sidelines of the Black Sea 2nd Regional Steering Committee Meeting (September 17)   q-n about the event Charge d’Affairs Elizabeth Rood: The United States Embassy in Tbilisi is very pleased to be a sponsor of the 2nd Black Sea Regional Steering Committee of the Container Control Program of the ... Read More»

Condemning Taliban Violence (September 17)

Condemning Taliban Violence (September 17)   The United States condemns the recent Taliban attacks on the people, institutions, and infrastructure of Afghanistan. Just today, the Taliban has claimed responsibility for a terrorist attack carried out by a suicide bomber in Kabul that killed more than 20 Afghans.  They also claimed responsibility for a blast in ... Read More»

International Day of Democracy (September 15)

International Day of Democracy (September 15)   On this International Day of Democracy, we reflect on our nation’s unwavering commitment to the unalienable rights that create the foundation of our democracy.  In the United States, those rights are defined by respect for individual liberty and human dignity.  A vibrant, diverse, and independent civil society is ... Read More»

The commemoration of the 18th anniversary of the September 11th Terrorist Attacks (September 11)

The commemoration of the 18th anniversary of the September 11th Terrorist Attacks (September 11) The passage of time will never diminish the magnitude of the loss or the courage, compassion, strength, and unity displayed during one of America’s darkest hours. The horrific events of that September morning shook America, Georgia, and its friends and allies ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo At the Department of State‘s 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony (September 11)

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo At the Department of State‘s 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony (September 11)   SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good morning.  I’m very proud to remember this day with my State Department family.  As Abraham Lincoln once said, that the “silent artillery of time” erodes the memory of important things.  So I’m thankful you are all here ... Read More»

DTRA Contributes Equipment to National Food Agency to Support Animal Health Protection in Georgia (September 10)

DTRA Contributes Equipment to National Food Agency to Support Animal Health Protection in Georgia (September 10) Within the framework of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Program, refrigerators for storing veterinary medicine have been installed in the Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti and Guria regional departments of the National Food Agency (NFA). With the purpose of protecting animal ... Read More»

Acting Assistant Secretary Philip Reeker’s Press briefing at the Tbilisi International Conference (September 9)

Acting Assistant Secretary Philip Reeker’s Opening Remarks at the Tbilisi International Conference (September 9)   Thank you all for coming, and thank you to Georgia and the Georgian people and the government, for a very warm welcome here and particularly to the conference today. The McCain Institute is an organization I hold very close to ... Read More»

Acting Assistant Secretary Phil Reeker’s press brief at the administrative boundary line near Odzisi (September 8)

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Acting Assistant Secretary Philip Reeker visits the Administrative Boundary Line near the village Odzisi (September 8)

Acting Assistant Secretary Philip Reeker visits the Administrative Boundary Line near the village Odzisi (September 8) Acting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Reeker expresses his concern about de facto authorities’ repeated threats to close ABL crossing points for “indefinite” periods of time following a briefing by Georgian officials while ... Read More»

Acting Assistant Secretary Reeker Travels to Germany and Georgia (September 5)

Acting Assistant Secretary Reeker Travels to Germany and Georgia (September 5)   Acting Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip T. Reeker will travel to Germany and Georgia September 6-10 to engage in several key events and meet with senior leaders. On September 6, Ambassador Reeker will stop in Munich and meet with the team ... Read More»

Kelly C. Degnan of California, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Georgia (September 4)

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President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Individuals to Key Administration Posts (September 3)

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New Sanctions Designations on Iran’s Space Program (September 3)

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Military Buildup in the Russian-occupied Georgian Region of South Ossetia (August 30)

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Near the Administrative Boundary Line with Russian-occupied South Ossetia Event: In light of current events, we remind U.S. citizens to avoid traveling near the administrative boundary line (ABL) that divides South Ossetia from Tbilisi-administered territory.  U.S. Embassy personnel are restricted from traveling in the vicinity of the ABLs of the Russian-occupied regions of both ... Read More»

Statement by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs (August 30)

Statement by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs (August 30) “Russia’s further militarization of South Ossetia is outrageous & unacceptable. Putin and his government continue to recklessly disregard the sovereignty of other nations. Russia must immediately cease its destructive behavior and respect Georgian sovereignty.” Read More»

This Week in Iran Policy (August 26-30)

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Joint statement on so-called “presidential elections” in Abkhazia (August 26)

Joint statement on so-called “presidential elections” in Abkhazia (August 26) Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Canada, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the United States of America do not recognize the legitimacy of the so-called ‘presidential elections’ held in Georgia’s Abkhazia region by the de facto authorities in Sokhumi ... Read More»

The Department of State’s Statement on “borderization” in Georgia (August 21)

The Department of State’s Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus at the Department’s Press Briefing on August 21 commented about “borderization” in Georgia (August 21) On to Georgia. The United States is troubled by reports that Russian-backed de facto authorities have resumed the installation of fencing on Georgian territory near the administrative boundary line of the Russian-occupied Georgian region ... Read More»

World Humanitarian Day (August 19)

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Construction of a new Rehabilitation Center in Tserovani (August 18)

Construction of a new Rehabilitation Center in Tserovani (August 18)   “A new Rehabilitation Center is being constructed in Tserovani for our hero soldiers who were wounded while fighting to protect the territorial integrity of Georgia and during international military operations. This will be the only center in our region complying with the highest standards ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media (August 16)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media (August 16)   q-n about recent events in Gugutiantkari Charge d’Affairs, Elizabeth Rood: The United States government is deeply troubled by the news that the Russian backed authorities in South Ossetia have resumed building fencing at the village of Gugutiantkari. This is a very negative development, it harms security in ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy statement on borderization in the village of Gugutiantkari (August 15)

U.S. Embassy statement on borderization in the village of Gugutiantkari (August 15)   The U.S. Embassy is troubled by reports that Russian-backed de-facto authorities have resumed the installation of fencing at the village of Gugutiantkari, near the Administrative Boundary Line of the Russian-occupied Georgian territory of South Ossetia. The process of “borderization” is a threat ... Read More»

Iranian Vessel Grace I (August 15)

Iranian Vessel Grace I (August 15)   The United States assesses that the M/T Grace I was assisting the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) by transporting oil from Iran to Syria. This could result in serious consequences for any individuals associated with the Grace I. The IRGC has been designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) by ... Read More»

The new Chairman of the Ministry of Justice Public Service Development Agency (August 14)

The new Chairman of the Ministry of Justice Public Service Development Agency (August 14)   Zurab Sanikidze,  U.S. Embassy’s  IVLP program participant and a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Governance, was appointed as a Chairman of the Ministry of Justice Public Service Development Agency. Congratulations to one of our distinguished alumni on this ... Read More»

11th Anniversary of Russia’s Invasion of Georgia (August 8)

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CDA Elisabeth Rood visits Tserovani (August 7)

CDA Elisabeth Rood visits Tserovani (August 7) “In the 11 years since the Russian invasion of Georgia, each of these houses has come to tell a story of loss – the loss of families, friends, homes, and loved ones. But they also tell stories of courage, friendship, and the resilience of people and the country ... Read More»

Imposition of a Second Round of Sanctions on Russia under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act (August 2)

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WRAIR Externship Graduation Ceremony (July 31)

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Police Academy Hosts Training on Weapons of Mass Destruction Crime Scene Investigation (July 28)

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The U.S. Embassy Statement on Criminal Charges Against TBC Bank Co-founders Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze (July 25)

The U.S. Embassy Statement on Criminal Charges Against TBC Bank Co-founders Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze We are closely following developments related to the criminal charges the Georgian Prosecutor General’s Office has filed against TBC Bank co-founders Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze. We are concerned about the context and timing of these charges. An impartial ... Read More»

Designation of Persons Linked to Iranian Weapons of Mass Destruction Procurement Network (July 18)

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Elizabeth Rood’s Comments to Media at GDRP Live-fire (July 16)

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CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Georgia’s European Way Conference (July 12)

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CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media on the sidelines of the 16th annual conference on Georgia’s European Way in Batumi (July 11)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media on the sidelines of the 16th annual conference on Georgia’s European Way in Batumi (July 11) q-n about the conference and the importance of diversifying markets for Georgia in the  light of recent events Charge d’Affairs, Elizabeth Rood:  Well, we congratulate Georgia on convening this 16th annual conference on Georgia’s ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Family Picnic Celebrating Independence Day Jointly with the American Chamber of Commerce (July 6)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Family Picnic Celebrating Independence Day Jointly with the American Chamber of Commerce (July 6)   Q-n about the celebration of the grounds of the U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affairs, Elizabeth Rood: We are very happy today to be celebrating the 243rd anniversary of the United States of America with ... Read More»

Elizabeth Rood’s Comments to Media at Peace Corps G-19 Swearing-In Ceremony (July 5)

Elizabeth Rood’s Comments to Media at Peace Corps G-19 Swearing-In Ceremony (July 5)   Q-n about the event Charge d’Affairs, Elizabeth Rood:  I am very pleased that these 41 new volunteers of the Peace Corps will start their duty all around Georgia.  Since 2001, more than 900 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in Georgia.  The ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Independence Day Celebration Organized by American Friendship Club (July 4)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Independence Day Celebration Organized by American Friendship Club (July 4)   Q-n about the event Charge d’Affairs, Elizabeth Rood: it is a great pleasure to join with Friends of the United States’ in Georgia to celebrate the 243rd anniversary of America’s independence. July 4th is a very important ... Read More»

Charge d’affaires Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the 4th of July Reception (July 3)

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Exercise Sea Breeze 2019 Kicks Off in Ukraine (July 1)

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Maduro Dictatorship Tortures Opponent to Death (June 30)

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International Youth Soccer Players Celebrate the FIFA Women’s World Cup During Sports Diplomacy Exchange Program in the United States (June 28)

International Youth Soccer Players Celebrate the FIFA Women’s World Cup During Sports Diplomacy Exchange Program in the United States (June 28)   Approximately 75 youth female soccer players and their coaches from 13 countries will travel to New Jersey from June 29 – July 13, 2019, as part of a Bureau of Educational and Cultural ... Read More»

Ongoing Demonstration Activities in Downtown Tbilisi

Date/Location: Daily demonstrations around 7:00pm in front of the Parliament Building and along Rustaveli Avenue may continue in the foreseeable future. Event: The overall level of tension surrounding the protest events of the past week has decreased, but regular and/or sporadic demonstrations may continue. Be prepared for the possibility of road closures, a large police ... Read More»

Executive Order to Impose Sanctions on the Office of the Supreme Leader of Iran (June 24)

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Joint Statement on Tbilisi Pride decision to postpone “March of Dignity” (June 22)

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Statement on Iranian Disinformation (June 22)

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Former DCM Nicolas Berliner’s Remarks to Media at MCC Closing Gala (June 21)

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Date/Location: Friday, June 21 through Sunday, June 23: Possible protest activities in downtown Tbilisi, especially along Rustaveli Avenue in the vicinity of Parliament. Possible targeting of Americans at venues throughout the city known to attract American and European patrons. Event: Following the violent escalation of last night’s demonstrations in downtown Tbilisi, including use of tear ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

  Date/Location: Saturday, June 22: A parade and/or public event in downtown Tbilisi, exact location still to be confirmed. Event: Members and supporters of the LGBTQI community plan to hold a parade and/or public event to mark Pride Week on Saturday, June 22. We anticipate the event could draw sizable crowds. This is the first ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood at Diplomat Discussion Series (June 15)

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Statement on the Fourth Wave of Judicial Reform (June 13)

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Statements to the Press With Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze As Part of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission (June 11)

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze (June 11)

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Joint Declaration on the U.S. – Georgia Strategic Partnership (June 11)

Joint Declaration on the U.S. – Georgia Strategic Partnership (June 11)   Today, on June 11, 2019, and in recognition of the 10th anniversary of our Charter on Strategic Partnership, the United States and Georgia reaffirm our commitment to the U.S. – Georgia strategic partnership and the core principles of our friendship. Since 2009, the ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy Statement on de facto “elections” in Georgia’s South Ossetia Region (June 10)

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CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at MCC Renovated School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in Kutaisi (June 6)

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Remarks by President Trump on the 75th Commemoration of D-Day (June 6)

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D-Day 75th anniversary

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MCC Vice President Celebrates First Commencement of San Diego State University in Georgia (June 5)

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Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at USDA Food for Progress Program Launch Ceremony (May 28)

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Dr Redfield’s Comments to Media at FELTP Network Launch (May 24)

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Launch of South Caucasus Regional Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (SC/FELTP) Alumni Network (May 22)

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International community calls for an end to violence and discrimination against LGBTQI+ persons in Georgia (May 17)

International community calls for an end to violence and discrimination against LGBTQI+ persons in Georgia (May 17)   This joint statement is issued by the United Nations Resident Coordinator; the Ambassadors of the European Union (EU), Austria, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom; the Head of Mission of the United ... Read More»

EU and U.S. Embassies’ Joint Statement on the Fourth Wave of Judicial Reform (May 16)

EU and U.S. Embassies’ Joint Statement on the Fourth Wave of Judicial Reform (May 16)   The U.S. Embassy and the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia would like to commend the fourth wave working group on productive meetings during 11-12 May and collaboration on judicial reform.  We hope that the group will strongly ... Read More»

Condemning the Attack on U.S. NGO in Kabul (May 9)

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Date/Location: May 9:  Gathering near Vake Park at 10:00 am to commemorate World War II Victory Day May 17:  Possible rallies or marches at 5:00 pm near the State Chancellery of Georgia building and the Sameba Cathedral in Tbilisi in support of Georgian “Family Purity Day” and/or LGBTQI rights May 19:  By-elections in the Mtatsminda ... Read More»

First Anniversary of President Trump’s New Iran Strategy (May 8)

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Secretary Pompeo Tightens Nuclear Restrictions on Iran (May 3)

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Advancing the Maximum Pressure Campaign by Restricting Iran’s Nuclear Activities (May 3)

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Remarks at the Department of State Foreign Affairs Day (May 3)

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CDA Wilson’s comment made to the media at Georgian–American University celebrating the 27th anniversary of U.S.–Georgia diplomatic relations (May 2)

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U.S. Embassy Statement on Supreme Court Legislation (May 1)

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Death of Senator Richard Lugar (April 30)

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Increased Violence in Northwest Syria (April 30)

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The Iranian Regime’s Crackdown on Women Activists (April 30)

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Death of Senator Richard Lugar (April 30)

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Statement on Ambassador Wilson’s Departure (April 25)

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You Are Welcome Here – By Ambassador Ross Wilson

You Are Welcome Here I want to congratulate all students in Georgia who have received offers of admission from one of the over 4,700 accredited institutions of higher learning in the United States. Graduates of U.S. universities have gone on to become leaders and innovators in many fields around the world, and you should be proud ... Read More»

DCM Elizabeth Rood Welcomed “Participants of Global Innovation through Science and Technology” Regional Startup Training Demo Day (April 23)

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Secretary Pompeo Addresses Terrorist Attacks in Sri Lanka and Iranian Oil Imports (April 22)

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Walter Reed Army Institute of Research specialists participate in San Diego State University / Tbilisi State University Speaker Series (April 19)

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U.S. Embassy statement regarding developments at Adjara Public Broadcaster (April 18)

U.S. Embassy statement regarding developments at Adjara Public Broadcaster (April 18) As strong supporters of a free and independent media, the U.S. Embassy welcomed recent assessments by both ODIHR and EU-UNDP that Ajara Public Broadcaster is an impartial media source.  We are following the developments around the broadcaster and its general director, Natia Kapanadze.  We ... Read More»

2019 International Women in Policing Conference (April 15 – 18)

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House Democracy Partnership Chair and Co-Chair Statement at Parliament (April 16)

House Democracy Partnership Chair and Co-Chair Statement at Parliament (April 16)   Congressman Price: Thank you Mr. Speaker, and thanks to all of your colleagues and many many friends here in Georgia, who welcomed us so warmly. We always feel at home in Georgia. We certainly feel at home with our Parliamentary colleagues, with our ... Read More»

U.S. Congressional Delegation to Visit Georgia (April 15)

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CDA participation in Deployment Ceremony for 43rd Georgian Infantry Battalion (April 8)

CDA participation in Deployment Ceremony for 43rd Georgian Infantry Battalion  (April 8)   On April 8, 2019, Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood delivered remarks to the soldiers of the 43rd Georgia Infantry Battalion and to the Marines and Sailors of the Georgia Liaison Team prior to their deployment to Afghanistan in support of NATO’s Resolute Support ... Read More»

Joint Statement of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission Working Group on People-to-People and Cultural Exchanges (April 5)

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Maximum Pressure Campaign on the Regime in Iran (April 4)

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CDA Ross Wilson’s Remarks to the Media at Georgian Media Partnership Program (GMPP) Roundtable Meeting (April 3)

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First American ambassador to Georgia joins board of Caucasian Journal (March 30)

First American ambassador to Georgia joins the board of Caucasian Journal (March 30)   Honorable Kent N. Brown, the first American ambassador to Georgia, became a member of advisory board of Caucasian Journal . Caucasian Journal (CJ) is a multilingual online project, launched earlier this year to assist in civil society development in South Caucasus.  Among the journal’s partners ... Read More»

NATO’s LANDCOM signs letter of cooperation with Georgia Defence Forces (March 29)

NATO’s LANDCOM signs letter of cooperation with Georgia Defence Forces (March 29)   TBILISI, Georgia – U.S. Army Lt. Gen. John Thomson, Commander of NATO Allied Land Command (LANDCOM), and Georgian Army Col. Nikoloz Janjgava, First Deputy of Georgia Defence Forces (GDF), signed a letter of cooperation at the NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Centre ... Read More»

DAS A.Woodward and DCM E. Rood attended the screening of “16 Women for Change” short documentary films (March 28)

DAS A.Woodward and DCM E. Rood attended the screening of “16 Women for Change” short documentary films (March 28)   On March 28, Deputy Assistant Secretary Aleisha Woodward and Deputy Chief of Mission Elizabeth Rood attended the screening of “16 Women for Change” short documentary films to mark Women’s history month.  They made comment to the ... Read More»

CDA Ross Wilson’s Remarks to Media at Millennium Innovation Awards Ceremony (March 28)

CDA Ross Wilson’s Remarks to Media at Millennium Innovation Awards Ceremony (March 28)   Q-n about the event Charge d’affairs, Ambassador Wilson: I am delighted to be a part of this Annual Millennium Innovation Awards Ceremony that recognizes excellence achieved by young people of Georgia in science, technology, engineering, and math. These are the kinds of skills young ... Read More»

DCM Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the Fifth Annual Women’s Conference (March 27)

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CDA Ross Wilson’s Remarks to Media at Women’s Empowerment Forum (March 26)

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Briefing With Special Representative for Syria Engagement and Special Envoy for the Global Coalition To Defeat ISIS Ambassador James Jeffrey (March 25

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CDA Wilson’s Speech at “Lessons Learned and Steps Ahead” Conference on the 2018 Presidential Election (March 22)

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CDA Amb Wilson at the Lessons Learned and Steps Ahead Conference on the 2018 Presidential Election (March 22)

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CDA Ambassador Ross Wilson’s Remarks to Media at the Conference “The 2018 Presidential Election: Lessons Learned and Steps Ahead” (M

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United States Imposes New Nuclear Sanctions on Iran as it Refuses To Answer Questions Related to Its Secret Nuclear Archive (March 22)

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Amendments to the Terrorist Designations of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (March 21)

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Infectious Enthusiasm: Cdc Hospital Training Sparks Lifesaving Change In Georgia (March 18-19)

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CDA Ambassador Ross Wilson’s Remarks to Press after his meeting with Parliament Speaker Irakli Kobakhidze (March 15)

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Human Rights Report for 2018

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Ross Wilson’s Comments to Media at Gender Equality for Business Award Ceremony (March 11)

Ross Wilson’s Comments to Media at Gender Equality for Business Award Ceremony (March 11) Q-n about the event Charge d’affairs, Ambassador Ross Wilson: I am delighted to be a part of today’s Business Awards for Gender Equality that the United States’ government helps to support here, as part of a broader effort to promote the success of Georgia, and the success of a half ... Read More»

Observance of International Women’s Day (March 8)

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Donation of equipment to Dmanisi Youth Medical Education Center (March 7)

Donation of equipment to Dmanisi Youth Medical Education Center (March 7) Today, the U.S. European Command Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) donated household items and equipment to Dmanisi Youth Medical Education Center, which was completely renovated through the U.S.Department of Defense Humanitarian Assistance Program in 2017.  Once fully equipped, the center will provide medical services and education to children with non-communicable ... Read More»

Deputy Chief of Mission Elizabeth Rood’s media comment at International Black Sea University to Celebrate the Women’s International Day (March 7)

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Ambassador Wilson’s Comment to Media at DEA “I Choose My Future” Program Presentation (March 7)

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Ongoing Violations of International Law and Defiance of OSCE Principles and Commitments by the Russian Federation in Ukraine (March 7)

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Meeting with students participating in the “I Choose My Future” program at Tbilisi State University (March 7)

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Ambassador Ross Wilson’s Comment to Media at the 6th National Hepatitis C Workshop (March 6)

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Statement on the OSCE/ODIHR report on the 2018 Presidential Elections (March 2)

We welcome the release of the OSCE/ODIHR final report on the 2018 Presidential elections and share its assessment.  The comprehensive recommendations in the report address the shortcomings the Embassy and other international and domestic observers reported during the election.  We encourage the Georgian government to implement the recommendations through consultations with the political parties and ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Political Situation in Syria (February 28)

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U.S. emergency preparedness team conducts workshop with Georgians (February 28)

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DCM Elizabeth Rood’s comment to media on sidelines of the MCC school rehabilitation project in Kutaisi (February 27)

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Ambulances Donation to the LEPL Emergency Situations Coordination and Urgent Assistance Center (February 22)

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Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Wreath Laying Ceremony in Mtskheta (February 22)

Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Wreath Laying Ceremony in Mtskheta Q-n about the event DCM Elizabeth Rood: We are very honored today to lay a wreath at this monument, which is in honor of the firefighters in the United States who lost their lived in the attack of September 11th. But it’s also a monument to ... Read More»

Ambassador Wilson’s Remarks to Media at Parliament (February 21)

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U.S. Embassy Vendor Fair 2019

U.S. Embassy Vendor Fair 2019 The U.S. Embassy Procurement Section is planning a Vendor Fair. The goal of this event is to provide awareness of how the embassy conducts business with local vendors. During the Vendor Fair, we will introduce U.S. Embassy solicitation procedures, contracting modalities and payment terms, and serve as an opportunity for local vendors to ... Read More»

A Successful Anti-human Trafficking Operation in Marneuli (February 8)

A Successful Anti-human Trafficking Operation in Marneuli (February 8) By Mark Trainer A human trafficking operation in Marneuli might have gone undetected if police from this small city in the southern portion of the nation of Georgia hadn’t known what to look for and how to ferret out this  pervasive and inhuman crime . Only a month earlier, at ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump to the Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS (February 6)

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Ambassador Wilson’s Remarks to Media at Pace Terminal OPIC Loan Approval Event (February 4)

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Meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS (January 29)

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Protecting Venezuela’s Assets for Benefit of Venezuelan People (January 29)

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Sanctions Against PDVSA and Venezuela Oil Sector (January 28)

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Remarks at a United Nations Security Council Meeting on Venezuela (January 26)

Remarks at a United Nations Security Council Meeting on Venezuela (January 26)   Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State United Nations New York City January 26, 2019 Good morning. On behalf of President Trump and the American people I first want to thank Foreign Minister Miguel Vargas of the Dominican Republic, the current president of ... Read More»

Response to Project Coordinator in Ukraine, Ambassador Henrik Villadsen (January 24)

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Ongoing Violations of International Law and Defiance of OSCE Principles and Commitments by the Russian Federation in Ukraine (January 24)

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CDA Ambassador Wilson’s comments to media during the USS Donald Cook visit (January 22)

Q-n about USS Donald Cook visit Ambassador Wilson:  Let me say, first of all, I am delighted to be on my first ever visit to Batumi.  Unfortunately, it is not a beautiful day but hopefully will be tomorrow and I am very happy to be here.  Second, it is a pleasure to welcome to Batumi, ... Read More»

Ambassador Wilson visits USS Donald Cook in Batumi (January 22)

  Ambassador Wilson visits USS Donald Cook in Batumi (January 22) Ambassador Wilson, along with Minister of Defense Izoria, visits the USS Donald Cook in Batumi. The Ambassador underscored the importance of the visit, and of the strong friendship between the United States and Georgia. Read More»

The USS Donald Cook Visits Batumi Port (January 21)

The USS Donald Cook Visits Batumi Port (January 21) The United States Ship (USS) Donald Cook (DDG 75) arrived in Batumi for a port visit on January 21 as part of a regularly scheduled deployment.  Donald Cook is an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer commissioned in 1998.   This will be the ship’s second visit to ... Read More»

Declaration of Ukrainian Autocephaly (January 10)

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U.S. EUCOM road grader donation to Dmanisi municipality (December 19)

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Sanctions Announcement on Russia (December 19)

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CDA Ambassador Ross Wilson’s comments to media on the sidelines of the WRAIR 125th Anniversary Celebration (December 17)

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Ambassador Ross Wilson, CDA, Comment on Inauguration Ceremony (December 16)

Ambassador Ross Wilson, CDA, Comment on Inauguration Ceremony (December 16)   Q-n about the inauguration, the confrontation between the opposition and law enforcement representatives, pressure on the police from the opposition, and about the developments in general Ambassador Ross Wilson, CDA:  The United Stars was proud and pleased to take part in the inauguration ceremony.  We were represented by ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy and Department of Justice support Georgia’s Annual National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (December 10 – 17)

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INL of the United States Embassy in Tbilisi continues assisting the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia Patrol Police Department (December 10 -14)

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Remarks at the United Nations Security Council Meeting on Iran (December 12)

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On the Attack in Strasbourg (December 12)

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Security Awareness During the Holiday Season U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location:  Georgia, countrywide Event:  During the holiday season, we remind U.S. citizens that there are ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology throughout Europe, including in Georgia.  Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations such as Christmas holiday markets, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, ... Read More»

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Human Rights Day (December 10)

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Launching Ceremony at the San Diego State University-Georgia Career Development Center (December 7)

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US European Command’s Overseas Humanitarian Disaster Assistance and Civic Aid Project Development Workshop (December 3-7)

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International Anticorruption Day (December 7)

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A Keynote Speech by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo at German Marshall Fund (December 5)

(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = 'https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v3.2'; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); A Keynote Speech by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo Posted by The German Marshall Fund of the United States on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo German Marshall Fund Brussels, Belgium December 4, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, Ian, for the kind introduction. ... Read More»

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Iran Test Launches Ballistic Missile Violating UN Security Council Ban (December 1) Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC December 1, 2018 The Iranian regime has just test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile that is capable of carrying multiple warheads. The missile has a range that allows it to strike parts of Europe and anywhere ... Read More»

Ambassador Wilson’s call with Salome Zourabichvili (November 30)

Ambassador Wilson’s call with Salome Zourabichvili (November 30) “Ambassador Wilson called today on Salome Zourabichvili to congratulate her on being elected Georgia’s next president and express US interest in working with the government and her.  Separately, he met with opposition presidential candidate Grigol Vashadze.   To both, he emphasized strong US support for Georgia and for ... Read More»

Ambassador Ross Wilson, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., meets His Holiness Patriarch Ilia II of the Georgian Orthodox Church (November 30)

Ambassador Ross Wilson, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., meets His Holiness Patriarch Ilia II of the Georgian Orthodox Church (November 30) Ambassador Ross Wilson, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., was honored to meet His Holiness Patriarch Ilia II of the Georgian Orthodox Church on November 30.  The Church is a fundamental part of Georgia’s history.  Time and time again, its ... Read More»

STATEMENT: Georgia’s 2018 Presidential Election (November 30)

STATEMENT: Georgia’s 2018 Presidential Election (November 30) The United States congratulates Salome Zourabichvili on her election as President of Georgia. We welcome the assessment by the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission that Georgia’s presidential runoff was competitive and that candidates were able to campaign freely.  We also share the Mission’s concerns and those of other international ... Read More»

The United States congratulates Salome Zourabichvili on her election as President of Georgia (November 30)

The United States congratulates Salome Zourabichvili on her election as President of Georgia (November 30)   Elections are fundamental to democracy, and in that spirit, we welcome the assessment by the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission that Georgia’s presidential runoff was competitive and that candidates were able to campaign freely.  We also share the Mission’s concerns, ... Read More»

CDA Ross Wilson’s Remarks to Media at Hepatitis C TAG Meeting (November 29)

CDA Ross Wilson’s Remarks to Media at Hepatitis C TAG Meeting (November 29) Q-n about the event Ambassador Ross Wilson:  It’s is a pleasure and honor to be part of today’s event. I think this is an extremely important initiative that the Georgian authorities have embarked on to eliminate Hepatitis C in this country.  It has ... Read More»

The Iranian Regime’s Transfer of Arms to Proxy Groups and Ongoing Missile Development (November 29)

The Iranian Regime’s Transfer of Arms to Proxy Groups and Ongoing Missile Development (November 29)   Brian Hook Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State and Special Representative for Iran  Joint Base Anacostia – Bolling Washington, DC November 29, 2018 MODERATOR: Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for waiting. Your excellencies, members of the diplomatic ... Read More»

Potential Protest Activity During and After the Georgian Presidential Elections Runoff

Location:  Downtown Tbilisi and near Polling Stations on Election Day, November 28 Event: The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that sporadic, short notice, or unannounced rallies or protests are likely to occur on the day of and/or following the second round of the Georgian Presidential Election on November 28, 2018. Rustaveli Avenue in downtown Tbilisi is a ... Read More»

Remarks at an Emergency UN Security Council Meeting on Ukraine (November 26)

Remarks at an Emergency UN Security Council Meeting on Ukraine (November 26) Thank you, Mr. President. This morning I spoke with President Trump and Secretary Pompeo and my statement reflects the concerns at the highest level of the American government. For the past four years, the international community has spoken with a strong, clear, and ... Read More»

Iran’s President Works To Further Isolate Iranian Regime From Both World and Iranian People (November 26)

Iran’s President Works To Further Isolate Iranian Regime From Both World and Iranian People (November 26) Michael R. Pompeo  Secretary of State Washington, DC November 26, 2018 Iranian President Rouhani has once again called for the destruction of Israel. He referred to it as a “cancerous tumor” and a “fake regime.” Such statements inflame tensions ... Read More»

Russia’s Dangerous Escalation in the Kerch Strait (November 26)

Russia’s Dangerous Escalation in the Kerch Strait (November 26) Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC November 26, 2018 The United States expresses its deep concern over the incident in the Black Sea that occurred November 25 as Ukrainian vessels attempted to transit through the Kerch Strait. Reports that Russian vessels rammed and fired ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Ukrainian President Poroshenko (November 26)

Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Ukrainian President Poroshenko (November 26)   Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 26, 2018 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke on the phone with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko today to discuss Russian aggression against Ukraine in the Black Sea near the Kerch Strait. ... Read More»

CDA Ambassador Ross Wilson’s Comment to Media at ISFED (November 21)

CDA Ambassador Ross Wilson’s Comment to Media at ISFED (November 21) Q-n about the meeting with representatives of local observer missions Ambassador Ross Wilson:  I was very pleased to have the opportunity here at ISFED to hear from several of the important civil society organizations that are following elections.  What this and other civil society organizations ... Read More»

CDA Ross Wilson’s Remarks to Media at MIA Launch (November 20)

CDA Ross Wilson’s Remarks to Media at MIA Launch (November 20) Q-n about the event Ambassador Ross Wilson: I am delighted to launch this Millennium Innovations Award competition today. The purpose is to encourage young Georgians to study science, math, technology, engineering and to be part of an innovation economy of tomorrow. Q-n about the ... Read More»

Ambassador Ross Wilson’s comments to media in Kutaisi after the Launch of the USAID Agriculture Program (November 19)

Ambassador Ross Wilson’s comments to media in Kutaisi after the Launch of the USAID Agriculture Program (November 19)   Q-n about the new USAID Agriculture Program U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, Ambassador Wilson:  Let me say first how delighted I am to be here in Kutaisi.  I had the opportunity to come here several years ago and it is terrific that ... Read More»

Ambassador Ross Wilsons’s statement following meetings with Georgian Presidential Candidates (November 16)

Ambassador Ross Wilson’s statement following meetings with Georgian Presidential Candidates (November 16) Today I was pleased to meet with presidential candidates Salome Zourabichvili and Grigol Vashadze to discuss the upcoming election and broader political situation.  These conversations were a welcome opportunity to hear their perspectives and ideas for the country.  During the meetings, I underscored ... Read More»

Joint Statement on U.S.-Ukraine Strategic Partnership (November 16)

Joint Statement on U.S.-Ukraine Strategic Partnership (November 16) Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 16, 2018 The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and Ukraine on the occasion of the 2018 U.S.-Ukraine Strategic Partnership Commission Meeting in Washington, DC. Begin text: U.S. Secretary of ... Read More»

Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) speed unit measurement devices donation to the Georgian Police (November 15)

Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) speed unit measurement devices donation to the Georgian Police (November 15)   The International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Section (INL) of the United States Embassy in Tbilisi purchased nine (9) units of speed measurement device – Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) for the Patrol Police Department of the Ministry of ... Read More»

Countering Iran’s Global Terrorism (November 13)

Countering Iran’s Global Terrorism (November 13) Nathan A. Sales Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism Washington Institute for Near East Policy Counterterrorism Lecture Series Washington, DC November 13, 2018 Thanks for that warm introduction and for hosting me here. It’s a real pleasure to participate in the Washington Institute’s Counterterrorism Lecture Series. A number of my predecessors ... Read More»

Condemning Sham “Elections” in Russia-Controlled Eastern Ukraine (November 12)

Condemning Sham “Elections” in Russia-controlled Eastern Ukraine (November 12) Heather Nauert  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC November 12, 2018 The United States joins our European Allies and partners in condemning the November 11 sham “elections” in Russia-controlled eastern Ukraine. Yesterday’s illegitimate processes were an attempt by Moscow to institutionalize its Donbas proxies, the so-called “Donetsk and ... Read More»

Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Global Entrepreneurship Week Opening Ceremony (November 12)

Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Global Entrepreneurship Week Opening Ceremony (November 12) Q-n about the event DCM, Elizabeth Rood: Today marks the launch of Global Entrepreneurship Week in over 160 countries. The U.S. Embassy is very proud to partner with Global Entrepreneurship Network of Georgia (GEN) and Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency (GITA) to promote ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy in Georgia Statement (November 9)

U.S. Embassy in Georgia Statement (November 9) On November 8, retired Ambassador Ross Wilson arrived in Tbilisi and will assume the role of chargé d’affaires, ad interim, at the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi.  Ambassador Wilson is a seasoned diplomat, served as Ambassador to Turkey (2005-2008) and Azerbaijan (2000-2003), served in a similar interim charge capacity ... Read More»

Ambassador Ross Wilson’s statement to media following his meeting with Foreign Minister Zalkaliani (November 9)

Ambassador Ross Wilson’s statement to media following his meeting with Foreign Minister Zalkaliani (November 9) Ambassador Ross Wilson, Chargé d’Affaires, ad interim:  Good afternoon!  I want to begin by thanking the Foreign Minister for making himself available to me on my very first day in Georgia.  We had, I think, an excellent conversation that familiarized me, or refamiliarized me, with Georgia’s perspective ... Read More»

Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at TVET Award Ceremony (November 9)

Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at TVET Award Ceremony (November 9) Q-n about the event DCM, Elizabeth Rood: The United States Embassy and the Millennium Challenge Corporation are supporting the improvement of professional education in Georgia, and we are very pleased to be financing, through the Millennium Challenge Corporation along with their Georgian partners, this week of skills ... Read More»

Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at IBSU 11th Annual Conference in American Studies (November 8)

Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at IBSU 11th Annual Conference in American Studies (November 8) Q-n about the event CDA, Elizabeth Rood: I’m very pleased to participate in International Black Sea University’s eleventh American Studies Conference.  The International Black Sea University is a long-standing, good partner of the American Embassy. And the university and this conference, in ... Read More»

Chargé D’affaires Elizabeth Rood Emphasizes Importance of Vocational Education (November 5)

Chargé D’affaires Elizabeth Rood Emphasizes Importance of Vocational Education (November 5)   Chargé D’affaires Elizabeth Rood opened Third-annual “Investing in Human Capital” TVET Conference together with Minister of Education Batiashvili, and MCC Deputy Vice-President Lona Stoll.  Chargé Rood emphasized that everyone present at the conference plays an important role in shaping Georgia’s economic future as a member of ... Read More»

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo And Secretary of Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin at a Press Availability on Iran Sanctions (November 5)

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo And Secretary of Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin at a Press Availability on Iran Sanctions (November 5)   MODERATOR: Good morning, everyone, and welcome to the Foreign Press Center. We are pleased to have with us this morning Secretary Pompeo and Secretary Mnuchin. They’ll both have some opening remarks and ... Read More»

Press Availability With Secretary of Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin (November 5)

Press Availability With Secretary of Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin (November 5) Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington Foreign Press Center Washington, DC MODERATOR: Good morning, everyone, and welcome to the Foreign Press Center. We are pleased to have with us this morning Secretary Pompeo and Secretary Mnuchin. They’ll both have some opening remarks and then ... Read More»

Constraining Iran’s Nuclear Program (November 5)

Constraining Iran’s Nuclear Program (November 5) Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 5, 2018 Iran cannot be trusted to have vital constraints on its nuclear program lifted. The United States is committed to ensuring that Iran never comes close to possessing a nuclear weapon. Starting today, all nuclear cooperation with Iran, except for the ... Read More»

Iran sanctions/Europe in on-record briefing by Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook (November 2)

Iran sanctions/Europe in an on-record briefing by Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook (November 2)   Press Correspondent’s Room Washington, D.C. MR HOOK: I’m happy to take questions. And you’ve heard the Secretary talk. I just (inaudible). QUESTION: What are the eight countries? MR HOOK: Huh? QUESTION: What are the eight countries? QUESTION: What are ... Read More»

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin on Iran Sanctions (November 2)

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin on Iran Sanctions (November 2)   MS NAUERT:  Thank you, sir.  Good morning, everyone, and welcome to today’s on-the-record call on the Iran snapback sanctions.  We’re pleased to have with us Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of the Treasury ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media At Georgian Defence and Security Conference (November 1)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media At Georgian Defence and Security Conference (November 1) Q-n about the event CDA, Elizabeth Rood: Georgia is a country that faces many challenges and conferences like this in which we have a dialogue about those challenges and how we cooperate to assist Georgia in meeting those challenges are very ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on 2018 Presidential elections (October 30)

U.S. Embassy Statement on 2018 Presidential elections (October 30) The U.S. Embassy takes note of the preliminary conclusions of the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission that the October 28 presidential elections were competitive and professionally administered, offering voters a genuine choice.  We share international and domestic observer organizations’ concerns about shortcomings in the election process, such ... Read More»

National Security Advisor John Bolton Press Conference Tbilisi, Georgia (October 26)

National Security Advisor John Bolton Press Conference Tbilisi, Georgia (October 26)   Ambassador Bolton: Thank you very much for being here today. I am delighted to be in Georgia. This is the first time here for me. I had excellent meetings with the Prime Minister, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Defense, and ... Read More»

National Security Advisor John Bolton Interview with Reuters reporter Margarita Antidze (October 26)

National Security Advisor John Bolton Interview with Reuters reporter Margarita Antidze (October 26)   Transcript of responses provided by Reuters INF TREATY The reasons that we withdrew from the INF treaty as the president has announced, I think, very clearly last Saturday and then repeated again publicly on Monday, are two. Number one is the ... Read More»

International Religious Freedom Day (October 26)

International Religious Freedom Day (October 26) Michael R. Pompeo  Secretary of State Washington, DC October 26, 2018 Today we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the signing of the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act (IRF Act) into law. The IRF Act expanded U.S. foreign policy capabilities to promote and defend religious freedom around the world. It ... Read More»

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Georgia Event:  Lead in Local Spices – In recent testing of local spices, the U.S. Embassy found two samples (Khmeli Suneli and Yellow Flower) that significantly exceeded the World Health Organization’s recommended limit for lead contamination. Both were manufactured by GEO-Group and sold at Agrohub. In separate testing this year, the Georgian National Food ... Read More»

Voting in 2018 Elections

The November 6, 2018 mid-term U.S. election is fast approaching!  We encourage U.S. citizens who have registered as absentee voters to return their ballots ASAP. How to return your ballot: Some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically (fax, email, or online). If your state requires you to mail in a paper ballot, ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks at Stratcom Launch Ceremony (October 22)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks at Stratcom Launch Ceremony (October 22)   Q-n about the event CDA, Elizabeth Rood: Georgia has made its decision for integration with Western institutions—the European Union and NATO—and this is a choice that the United States fully supports.  There are many benefits for Georgia now for these decisions; for example, Georgians already enjoy benefits economically ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location:  Downtown Tbilisi or Polling Stations on Election Day, October 28 Event: The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that impromptu or unannounced rallies or protests could occur in the days leading up to, or during the Georgian Presidential Election, scheduled for Sunday, October 28.  The City of Tbilisi has reported possible activity beginning today, October 19. ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Chibati Public School (October 19)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Chibati Public School (October 19) Q-n about the event CDA, Elizabeth Rood: I am very happy to have an opportunity today to visit Chibati Public school, together with the Mayor of Lanchkhuti municipality, and to meet Georgia’s former teacher of the year, Lado Apkhazava, who has done an extraordinary job of ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the Coastguard Boat Commissioning Ceremony (October 18)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the Coastguard Boat Commissioning Ceremony (October 18) Q-n about the event CDA Elizabeth Rood: This is a very happy day in the partnership between the United States and Georgia because we are transferring from the United States’ Coastguard to the Georgian Coastguard these two Island-class patrol boats. These boats are going to strengthen Georgia’s maritime ... Read More»

Confronting Iran: The Trump Administration’s Strategy (October 15)

Confronting Iran: The Trump Administration’s Strategy (October 15) Op-Ed Michael R. Pompeo  Secretary of State Foreign Affairs October 15, 2018 The end of the Cold War forced new thinking among policymakers and analysts about the greatest challenges to U.S. national security. The emergence of al Qaeda,   cybercriminals, and other dangerous entities affirmed the threat of ... Read More»

DAS George Kent’s Statement at the edge of Russian-occupied South Ossetia (October 13)

DAS George Kent’s Statement at the edge of Russian-occupied South Ossetia (October 13)   Ten years have passed since Russia occupied Georgian territory.  I have come here today to remind the people of Georgia that the United States is with them, and to remind them that the world has not forgotten what happened here.  The international ... Read More»

Press Conference with Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs George Kent (October 12)

Press Conference with Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs George Kent (October 12)   Good afternoon! My name is George Kent and I am the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Caucuses and Eastern Europe.  On this visit, I am visiting Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia to engage the counties of this region in ... Read More»

U.S. Participation in the Geneva International Discussions on the conflict in Georgia (October 11)

U.S. Participation in the Geneva International Discussions on the conflict in Georgia (October 11) Press Statement by the U.S. Delegation At the forty-fifth round of the Geneva International Discussions (GID) on the conflict in Georgia, October 9-10, the United States solemnly acknowledged the ten years that have passed since the 2008 conflict and the first ... Read More»

Statement on Lugar Center (October 6)

Statement on Lugar Center (October 6) We’ve seen those reports in Russian media.  They’re nonsense and typical of Russian misinformation and propaganda campaigns. I note that Georgia, with German support, has organized an international “peer review compliance exercise” of the Lugar Center to be conducted in November.  The Russians have declined to participate. For further ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the Third Tbilisi International Forum for Regional Stability (October 4)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the Third Tbilisi International Forum for Regional Stability (October 4)   Q-n about the event CDA Elizabeth Rood:  The threat of chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear weapons falling into the hands of terrorists or other malicious actors is a very real one, and the Black Sea region faces ... Read More»

Earthquake and Tsunami in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia (September 30)

Earthquake and Tsunami in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia (September 30) Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC The United States conveys its condolences and support to all of those in Indonesia affected by the earthquake and tsunami that struck Central Sulawesi on September 28. U.S. Mission Indonesia is closely monitoring the situation and has not ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood delivered remarks to the soldiers of the 22nd Battalion and to the Marines and Sailors of the Georgia Liaison Team (September 28)

CDA Elizabeth Rood delivered remarks to the soldiers of the 22nd Battalion and to the Marines and Sailors of the Georgia Liaison Team (September 28) On September 28, CDA Elizabeth Rood delivered remarks to the soldiers of the 22nd Battalion and to the Marines and Sailors of the Georgia Liaison Team prior to their deployment to Afghanistan ... Read More»

Chargé d’affaires Rood and USAID Mission Director Wiebler meet election observation organizations (September 26)

Chargé d’affaires Rood and USAID Mission Director Wiebler meet local election observation organizations (September 26) Elections are the foundation of democracy. Today Chargé d’affaires Elizabeth Rood and USAID Mission Director Peter Wiebler met with local and international election observation organizations. Election observers help deter fraud; expose problems and irregularities; provide an accurate measure of the quality of ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump to the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly | New York, NY (September 25)

Remarks by President Trump to the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly | New York, NY (September 25) United Nations Headquarters New York, New York 10:38 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Madam President, Mr. Secretary-General, world leaders, ambassadors, and distinguished delegates: One year ago, I stood before you for the first time in this ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood Participated in School Ribbon-cutting ceremonies in Kvemo Kartli (September 20)

CDA Elizabeth Rood Participated in School Ribbon-cutting ceremonies in Kvemo Kartli (September 20) Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood joined the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), MCA-Georgia, Georgian government senior leadership, and members of the local authorities in a ceremony dedicated to the reopening of two schools in Kvemo Kartli, Georgia: Rustavi # 4 and Gardabani #4 Public Schools.  In her address to guests, Chargé d’Affaires ... Read More»

USDA animal health team praised for contribution and impact on veterinary services in Georgia (September 19)

USDA animal health team praised for contribution and impact on veterinary services in Georgia (September 19)   On September 19th the Steering Group which oversees Georgia’s National Animal Health Program 2016-20 (NAHP) held its 32nd meeting in Tbilisi. Dr. Monique Eloit, Director General of the World Organization of Animal Health (OIE) participated in the meeting. The Georgian ... Read More»

CDA Rood together with Millennium Challenge Corporation COO, San Diego State University President Welcome New Students at Convocation in Tbilisi

Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood, together with the Millennium Challenge Corporation COO and San Diego State University President Welcome New Students at Convocation in Tbilisi (September 19) Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood joined San Diego State University (SDSU), the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), MCA-Georgia, and Georgian government senior leadership to welcome 230 rising freshmen at San Diego State University in Georgia, a top U.S. university ... Read More»

Frontline Field Epidemiology Training Program Launch (September 17)

Frontline Field Epidemiology Training Program Launch (September 17) On September 17, 2018, 20 public health epidemiologists from public health centers across Georgia started a three-month Frontline Field Epidemiology Training Program (Frontline FETP). Frontline FETP is a public health workforce development program created by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC) to increase ... Read More»

A New Academic Year in newly reconstructed schools in Adjara Region (September 17)

A New Academic Year in newly reconstructed schools in Adjara Region (September 17) On September 17, A/DCM Jeffrey Reneau participated in the inaugural ceremony marking the reconstruction of the public school in Dzentsmani, Adjara Autonomous Republic. US EUCOM’s Humanitarian Assistance Program provided funding for a complete renovation of Dzentmani and partial renovation of Zeda-Kvirike public schools ... Read More»

International Day of Democracy (September 15)

International Day of Democracy (September 15) Heather Nauert  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC September 15, 2018 On this International Day of Democracy, the United States reaffirms its unwavering belief in democracy as the form of government with the greatest capacity to advance peace, prosperity, and security, and to safeguard the universal human rights, fundamental freedoms, and ... Read More»

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell’s opening remarks at the Tbilisi International Conference (September 12)

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell’s opening remarks at the Tbilisi International Conference (September 12)   In many ways, the topic of Georgia and the West is much broader and much easier because I would say, as I had said in April and I will continue to say, that Georgia will be in ... Read More»

Russia-backed Sham Elections in Ukraine (September 12)

Russia-backed Sham Elections in Ukraine (September 12) Heather Nauert  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC September 12, 2018 The United States condemns the announcement of a plan to conduct “elections” in the so-called “Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.” Given the continued control of these territories by the Russian Federation, genuine elections are inconceivable, and grossly contravene Russia’s ... Read More»

Under Secretary Thompson’s interview with Tabula’s Tamara Chergoleishvili (September 11)

Under Secretary Thompson’s interview with Tabula’s Tamara Chergoleishvili (September 11)   Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, Andrea Thompson’s interview with Tabula’s Tamara Chergoleishvili on top of her remarks at the 4th Tbilisi International Conference  – “World in 2018: Upside Down?” CHERGOLEISHVILI: Are there any plans to restart talks about arms control with ... Read More»

Assistant Secretary Mitchell Travel to Tbilisi and Skopje (September 10)

Assistant Secretary Mitchell Travel to Tbilisi and Skopje (September 10) Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 10, 2018 Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs A. Wess Mitchell will travel to Europe from September 11 to 14. On September 11, he will arrive in Tbilisi, Georgia, where he will meet with senior ... Read More»

Joint Statement on Libya on the Situation in Tripoli (September 1)

Joint Statement on Libya on the Situation in Tripoli (September 1)   The Governments of France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States strongly condemn the continued escalation of violence in and around Tripoli that has caused many casualties and continues to endanger the lives of innocent civilians. We reiterate that the targeting of ... Read More»

USS Carney Enters Batumi Port (August 23)

USS Carney Enters Batumi Port (August 23)   The USS Carney (DDG 64), an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer from the United States’ Navy 6th Fleet, will make a port visit in Batumi, Georgia, on August 23-25, 2018. The USS Carney’s visit reaffirms the United States’ commitment to strengthening ties with NATO allies and partners such ... Read More»

OPIC EVP Meets with Prime Minister Bakhtadze to Promote U.S. Investment in Georgia (August 15)

OPIC EVP Meets with Prime Minister Bakhtadze to Promote U.S. Investment in Georgia (August 15)   TBILISI, GEORGIA – Executive Vice President of the U.S. government’s Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) David Bohigian and other U.S. government officials met today with Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze. The purpose of the visit is to promote U.S. ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Tbilisi and Batumi, Georgia: Tbilisi (7pm): downtown near Dinamo Sports Arena, and then a march via Aghmashenebeli Avenue towards Marjanishvili Square Batumi (4pm): Tbeli Abuseridze Church on Javakhishvili Street, then moving towards Batumi City Hall Rose Garden, then along Kutaisi Street ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Samegrelo Hazelnut Drying Factory Opening (August 8)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Samegrelo Hazelnut Drying Factory Opening (August 8)   Question about the event CDA Elizabeth Rood: The government of the United States of America has been investing in Georgia’s hazelnut sector since 2010 through USAID.  We have a great partnership with the Georgian government and the private sector.  This new facility offers very important services ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following neighborhoods in Tbilisi, Georgia: Downtown 51 Chavchavadze Avenue in the Vake District Event: The U.S. Embassy is aware that there will be numerous events and activities this evening (August 7) throughout downtown Tbilisi commemorating the 10 year anniversary of the 2008 Georgia-Russia War.  ... Read More»

Joint statement of the Group of Friends of Georgia 10 years since the Russian military invasion of Georgia (August 7)

Joint statement of the Group of Friends of Georgia 10 years since the Russian military invasion of Georgia (August 7)   This statement is made on behalf of Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United States of America. We reaffirm our full support for Georgia’s sovereignty and ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on the Ten-Year Anniversary of the Russian Invasion of Georgia (August 7)

U.S. Embassy Statement on the Ten-Year Anniversary of the Russian Invasion of Georgia (August 7)   Ten years ago today, Russia invaded the sovereign nation of Georgia.  The conflict resulted in hundreds of casualties, displaced thousands of civilians from their homes, and marked the start of a devastating occupation of 20 percent of Georgia’s territory.  ... Read More»

Assistant Secretary of State for Education and Cultural Affairs visits Georgia (July 10)

Assistant Secretary of State for Education and Cultural Affairs visits Georgia (July 10) Marie Royce, Assistant Secretary of State for Education and Cultural Affairs arrived in Tbilisi for an official two-day visit. During her visit, A/S Royce met with the Minister of Education, Mikheil Chkhenkeli, and distinguished alumni of U.S. Government-funded exchange programs and cultural assistance beneficiaries. ... Read More»

Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Jeff Reneau at the GFSIS’ graduation ceremony (July 10)

Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Jeff Reneau at the GFSIS’ graduation ceremony (July 10) Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Jeff Reneau congratulated graduates of the National Security and Public Policy Advanced Program organized by the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS) and welcomed a new cohort last night by saying “You are building the institutions of ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the 4th of July Celebration at IBSU (July 4)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the 4th of July Celebration at IBSU (July 4) Q-n about today’s event CDA Elizabeth Rood: I’m very happy to be celebrating America’s Independece day here, at the International Black Sea University along with our friends and partners. Q-n about the importance of independence day and how Americans celebrate it CDA ... Read More»

USDA strengthens trade linkages with Georgia via science-based research (June 29)

USDA strengthens trade linkages with Georgia via science-based research (June 29) The U.S. Department of Agriculture continues fostering collaboration and networking through its Borlaug Fellowship Program to improve agricultural productivity and trade through science-based research.  Maia Metreveli, a researcher at the Richard Lugar Public Health Research Center and head of the Risk Assessment Division at the Scientific Research Center of Agriculture ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the National Infection Prevention and Control Stakeholder’s Meeting (July 27)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the National Infection Prevention and Control Stakeholder’s Meeting (July 27)   Q-n about the importance of the program and the involvement of the U.S. Embassy CDA Rood:  The United States Embassy, through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is assisting the Government of Georgia to implement best practices in infection ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the Tbilisi Tolerance and Inclusion Week Dance Performance (June 23)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the Tbilisi Tolerance and Inclusion Week Dance Performance (June 23) Q-n about the event CDA Elizabeth Rood: The U.S. Embassy is proud to support tolerance and inclusion week.  We believe that all Georgians should feel included and valued, and have an opportunity to participate fully in society.  Today’s performance ... Read More»

U.S. Participation in the Geneva International Discussions (GID) on Georgian conflict (June 20)

U.S. Participation in the Geneva International Discussions (GID) on Georgian conflict (June 20) Press Statement Geneva, June 20, 2018 At the forty-fourth round of the Geneva International Discussion (GID) in the conflict in Georgia, June 19-20, the United States reiterated its support for Georgia’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders. The ... Read More»

Assistant Secretary Mitchell’s Remarks at Carnegie Europe (June 20)

Assistant Secretary Mitchell’s Remarks at Carnegie Europe (June 20)   Thank you Tomas for that very warm introduction. And I can tell you that the feelings are entirely mutual. I appreciate the friendship that I’ve developed with Tomas over the years and have great respect for him as an intellectual and former policy maker, and ... Read More»

Assistant Secretary Mitchell’s Remarks at The Prague European Summit (June 20)

Assistant Secretary Mitchell’s Remarks at The Prague European Summit (June 20)   I can’t tell you how delighted I am to be in Prague.  Prague really holds a special place in my heart.  I have built a lot of friendships here over the years.  I see several friendly faces in the audience, people that I’ve ... Read More»

Rear Admiral Paul Verrastro visit to Georgia (June 19)

Rear Admiral Paul Verrastro visit to Georgia (June 19) Today, European Command Director of Logistics, Rear Admiral Paul Verrastro visited the Emergency Management Service (EMS) and met Mr. Giorgi Mghebrishvili, Director of the Service to discuss ongoing structural and legislative changes as well as support that the US Department of Defense provides to EMS to ... Read More»

Narcotics Canine Program (June 19)

Narcotics Canine Program (June 19) INL-Georgia continues its support and partnership with the Ministry of Internal Affairs Patrol Police with the donation of two Toyota LC-78 vehicles for the Canine Drug Interdiction Program.  These specially outfitted vehicles will deploy to the airports in Kutaisi and Batumi to safely transport the drug interdiction canines to/from the ... Read More»

Inclusive Hip-Hop Dance Group Promotes Disability Rights (June 18)

Inclusive Hip-Hop Dance Group Promotes Disability Rights (June 18)   TBILISI, June 18, 2018—The U.S. Embassy has brought the multi-national hip-hop dance group Ill-Abilities to Georgia June 18-23 as part of a one-week campaign called “Tolerance and Inclusion Week.” Ill-Abilities will perform with Georgian dancers from the Georgian National Wheelchair Dancesport Federation. All events are ... Read More»

Chargé d’affaires Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Georgia’s European Way Conference (June 14)

Chargé d’affaires Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Georgia’s European Way Conference (June 14) Q-n about the event CDA Rood:  This conference is called Georgia’s European Way and the United States has a presence at this conference because we firmly and deeply support Georgia’s choice for Euro-Atlantic integration.  We consider that choice irreversible and we do a great deal ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s comment to media at the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Rustavi American Corner (June 13)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s comment to media at the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Rustavi American Corner (June 13) Q-n about the event CDA Rood: I am very happy to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of Rustavi American Corner and the opening of a new and renovated space.  American Corners throughout Georgia provide good programming and information, ... Read More»

Joint Statement of President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Joint Statement of President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea at the Singapore Summit (June 12) President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Hybrid Warfare Symposium (June 12)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Hybrid Warfare Symposium (June 12) Q-n about the importance of today’s event Elizabeth Rood: Hybrid threats are very real danger to Georgia, to NATO, to our allies and partners. Those who use hybrid threats seek to undermine unity among our neighbors and our partners and our alliances, and they ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un of State Affairs Commission of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Before Bilateral Meeting

Remarks by President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Before Bilateral Meeting (June 11) Capella Hotel Singapore 9:08 A.M. SGT Q Mr. President, how do you feel (inaudible)? PRESIDENT TRUMP: I feel really great. We’re going to have a great discussion and, I ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Teachers’ Conference (June 9)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Teachers’ Conference (June 9) Q-n about the event CDA Elizabeth Rood: I am pleased to recognize the commitment of Georgian teachers to strengthening their skills in teaching STEM subjects. The U.S. government’s Millenium Challenge Corporation is financing this conference as part of its $140 million investment in Georgian education. ... Read More»

Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs A. Wess Mitchell’s speech at the Heritage Foundation (as prepared) (June 6)

Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs A. Wess Mitchell’s speech at the Heritage Foundation (as prepared) (June 6) Anchoring the Western Alliance Good morning everyone. I’d like to thank Heritage Foundation for inviting me to speak today. I have followed Heritage’s research for years and appreciate the work that its scholars ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following neighborhoods in Tbilisi, Georgia: Rustaveli Avenue from Rose Revolution Square to Freedom Square There is a strong possibility that the area from Philharmonic Concert Hall to Freedom Square will be closed to vehicles and open only for pedestrians until the rallies are over. ... Read More»

SABIT Energy Efficiency and Renewables in Residential and Commercial Construction” program announcement

SABIT “Energy Efficiency and Renewables in Residential and Commercial Construction” program announcement   If you work in residential or commercial real estate development or construction projects, we are seeking applicants for head engineers, construction managers, financial decision makers, and building material suppliers and distributors to participate in an upcoming  Special American Business Internship Training ‘s (SABIT’s) ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood’s Statement to Media at MCC-Funded School Rehabilitation in Vani (May 31)

Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood’s Statement to Media at MCC-Funded School Rehabilitation in Vani (May 31) I am very happy to be here in Vani today to announce the beginning of the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s final phase of school renovations.  The renovation of the Vani school is part of $140 million investment that the Millennium  Challenge Corporation is making ... Read More»

Statement on Georgian Territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia (May 30)

Statement on Georgian Territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia (May 30) The United States strongly condemns the Syrian regime’s intention to establish diplomatic relations with the Russian-occupied Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.  These regions are part of Georgia.  The United States’ position on Abkhazia and South Ossetia is unwavering.  We fully support Georgia’s ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump at a Memorial Day Ceremony (May 28)

Remarks by President Trump at a Memorial Day Ceremony (May 28)   Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, Virginia 11:47 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much, everyone.  Thank you very much.  What an honor.  Secretary Mattis — AUDIENCE MEMBER:  We love you! THE PRESIDENT:  And I love you, too.  (Laughter.)  General Dunford, Joint Chiefs, members ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Pompeo: Georgia National Day (May 26)

Statement by Secretary Pompeo: Georgia National Day (May 26)   On behalf of the Government of the United States, I would like to wish the Government of Georgia and the Georgian people a joyous Independence Day. This year marks the centennial anniversary of the Democratic Republic of Georgia, the first independent Georgian state in modern ... Read More»

Calling Russia To Account for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH-17 (May 25)

Calling Russia To Account for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH-17 (May 25) Press Statement Heather Nauert  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC May 25, 2018 We strongly support the decisions by the Netherlands and Australia to call Russia to account for its role in the July 2014 downing of Malaysia Flight #17 (MH-17) over eastern Ukraine and the ... Read More»

Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Jeff Reneau’s comments to media at the EU4Energy South Caucasus High-Level Policy Talks (May 25)

Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Jeff Reneau’s comments to media at the EU4Energy South Caucasus High-Level Policy Talks (May 25) Q-n: How would you assess Georgia’s energy market; how is it developing? A/DCM Reneau: I think it’s very important to note that Georgia’s energy sector has a lot of potential; there’s a lot of opportunity ... Read More»

Readout of Vice President Mike Pence’s Meeting with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili (May 23)

Readout of Vice President Mike Pence’s Meeting with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili (May 23) Vice President Mike Pence met today with Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili of the Republic of Georgia. The Vice President welcomed Prime Minister Kvirikashvili to the Vice President’s Residence as a follow up to Vice President Pence’s trip to Georgia last year. Both affirmed the ... Read More»

Female NASCAR driver promotes women’s empowerment (May 21)

Female NASCAR driver promotes women’s empowerment (May 21)   TBILISI, May 21, 2018—The U.S. Embassy will bring NASCAR racecar driver Jennifer Jo Cobb to Georgia May 27-June 2 as part of a one-week campaign called “Women Can Do Anything.” Media outlets are invited to join Jennifer Cobb, Georgian female race car drivers, and Chargé d’Affaires ... Read More»

After the Deal: A New Iran Strategy (May 21)

After the Deal: A New Iran Strategy (May 21) Mike Pompeo Secretary of State The Heritage Foundation Washington, DC May 21, 2018 MS JAMES: Good morning. (Applause.) Welcome to the Heritage Foundation. My name is Kay James and I have the honor of being the president here. It is a pleasure and honor to welcome our ... Read More»

Remarks at the 2018 Plenary Session of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership (May 21)

Remarks at the 2018 Plenary Session of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership (May 21) Mike Pompeo  Secretary of State Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili Treaty Room Washington, DC May 21, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Well, good morning. Good morning, Prime Minister. Welcome and congratulations on your hundredth anniversary of your independence. That’s a major milestone along the way. ... Read More»

Civic and Tech through English Language (CTEL) Conference held in Batumi (May 20)

Civic and Tech through English Language (CTEL) Conference held in Batumi (May 20) On May 19-20 PH International hosted the U.S. Embassy funded Civic and Tech through English Language (CTEL) Program Final Conference in Batumi. The conference aimed at sharing the lessons learned and best practices accumulated throughout the program and gathered over 120 English ... Read More»

U.S.-Georgia Defense Readiness Program Training Element Launch (May 18)

On May 17 and 18, Commander, U.S. European Command (EUCOM), General Curtis M. Scaparrotti visited Georgia to formally recognize the start of the Georgia Defense Readiness Program(GDRP).  General Scaparrotti also with senior Georgian leaders to reaffirm the U.S.’ commitment to Georgia’s sovereignty and aspirations to become a member of NATO. The GDRP ceremony was held atthe Georgian Armed Forces Vaziani Military ... Read More»

Statement of the U.S. Embassy on Judicial Reform (May 18)

Georgia has taken great steps in recent years to protect the independence of its judiciary.  The U.S. Government supports Parliament and its efforts to provide a legal framework that discourages improper judicial influence and informal governance.  To foster greater public trust, we urge the government to adopt a transparent legal framework.  This framework should guide ... Read More»

Secretary’s Remarks: On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (May 17)

Secretary’s Remarks: On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (May 17) Press Statement Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC The United States stands for the protection of fundamental freedoms and universal human rights. Our nation was founded on the bedrock principle that we are all created equal – and that every person ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg (May 17)

REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP AND NATO SECRETARY GENERAL STOLTENBERG BEFORE EXPANDED BILATERAL MEETING Cabinet Room 2:25 P.M. EDT      PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  And today I’m honored to welcome Secretary General Stoltenberg back to the White House as we prepare for the upcoming NATO Summit in July.  That will be both interesting and ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s comment made to media following a meeting with members of the High Council of Justice of Georgia (May 16)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s comment made to media following a meeting with members of the High Council of Justice of Georgia (May 16)   Q-n about the content of the CDA’s meeting with the High Council of Justice and the challenges facing Georgia’s judiciary CDA Elizabeth Rood: The development of the rule of law in Georgia has been ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following neighborhoods in Tbilisi, Georgia: Rustaveli Avenue from Rose Revolution Square to Freedom Square There is a strong possibility that the area from Philharmonic Concert Hall to Freedom Square will be closed to vehicles and open only for pedestrians until the rallies are over. ... Read More»

USDA supports implementation of SPS requirement under the DCFTA in Georgia (May 14)

USDA supports the implementation of SPS requirement under the DCFTA in Georgia (May 14)   During May 4 – 15, 2018 U.S. Department of Agriculture experts conducted a series of activities to help implement international SPS standards by strengthening the private veterinary sector. The Veterinarians Regional Associations (VRAs) platform for Animal Health in Georgia was ... Read More»

Message of Condolence from the U.S. Embassy (May 8)

It is with great sadness that the U.S. Embassy confirms the passing of one of its employees, Mark Mitchell, in a motor vehicle accident on May 6.  Local authorities are investigating.  Mark was an invaluable member of the USAID team and his absence is deeply felt.  The U.S. Embassy community expresses its heartfelt condolences to ... Read More»

Statement on Closure of Controlled Crossing Points in Russian Occupied Georgian Territory of South Ossetia (May 8)

Statement on Closure of Controlled Crossing Points in Russian Occupied Georgian Territory of South Ossetia (May 8) Heather Nauert, Spokesperson The United States is concerned by the decision of de facto South Ossetian authorities to temporarily close controlled crossing points in Georgia along the administrative boundary line in the Russian-occupied territory of South Ossetia.  These ... Read More»

ParaShoot – Short Film Marathon throughout the Georgia (May 7)

ParaShoot – Short Film Marathon throughout the Georgia (May 7)   The U.S. Embassy Tbilisi is proud to partner with the NGO Democracy Lab to launch ParaShoot, a short film challenge open to professional and first-time filmmakers throughout Georgia who want to use film to improve their country. The goal of the marathon is to ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood’s comment to media at the Fulbright Scholarship Launch Reception (May 1)

Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood’s comment to media at the Fulbright Scholarship Launch Reception (May 1) Q-n about the event CDA Elizabeth Rood:  One of the most important things any country can do to invest in its economic development is [to invest in] the education of the future generation, and we’re very pleased that for many years now the United ... Read More»

Assistant Secretary A. Wes Mitchell’s Remarks at the NATO-Georgia Public Diplomacy Forum (May 1)

Assistant Secretary A. Wes Mitchell’s Remarks at the NATO-Georgia Public Diplomacy Forum (May 1) AS DELIVERED Well, thank you Mr. Prsdient, Mr. Prime Minster, Mr. Foreign Minister, Mr. Chairman.  I am very happy to be here this morning.  I had the pleasure of speaking with Prime Minister Kvirikashvili in March, and he asked me to ... Read More»

Assistant Secretary A. Wess Mitchell’s statement to media during his visit to the administrative boundary line at Odzisi, Dusheti District (May 1)

Assistant Secretary A. Wess Mitchell’s statement to media during his visit to the administrative boundary line at Odzisi, Dusheti District (May 1) Dr. A. Wess Mitchell: Thank you for being here this morning.  Ten years ago there was a war here and I am here today to remind the Russian Government that the world has not forgotten ... Read More»

Assistant Secretary Dr. A. Wess Mitchell’s remarks at the Joint Statement with Minister of Foreign Affairs Mikheil Janelidze (Apr 30)

Assistant Secretary Dr. A. Wess Mitchell’s remarks at the Joint Statement with Minister of Foreign Affairs Mikheil Janelidze (Apr 30) Thank you, Foreign Minister Janelidze, for those kind words.  I’m very happy to be in Tbilisi.  It was important to me to come to Georgia on the sidelines of the NATO Ministerial to send a very clear and direct message ... Read More»

African-American opera singer Grace Bumbry visits Tbilisi (April 30)

African-American opera singer Grace Bumbry visits Tbilisi (April 30)   TBILISI, April 30, 2018 – The U.S. Embassy is pleased to bring African-American opera singer Grace Bumbry to Tbilisi as one of the judges for Opera Crown, the first international voice competition in Tbilisi, Hosted by the Opera and Ballet State Theater and partially sponsored ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Announces the 2019-2020 Fulbright Graduate Student Program (April 30)

U.S. Embassy Announces the 2019-2020 Fulbright Graduate Student Program (April 30) TBILISI, April 30, 2018 – On Tuesday, May 1, Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood, together with the Minister of Education and Science Mikheil Chkhenkeli and Bank of Georgia CEO Kakha Kiknavelidze, will announce the 2019-2020 Fulbright Graduate Student Program at a U.S. Embassy reception beginning ... Read More»

REMARKS: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo At a Press Availability (April 27)

REMARKS: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo At a Press Availability (April 27) NATO Headquarters Brussels, Belgium SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good afternoon, everyone.  It’s truly been an honor to be here in Brussels today.  I received a very warm welcome from my counterparts.  It’s never good to be late on your first day of work, and so ... Read More»

Inaugural Ceremony for the Dmanisi Youth Medical Education Center (April 26)

Inaugural Ceremony for the Dmanisi Youth Medical Education Center (April 26) On Wednesday, April 25th, the U.S. EUCOM Humanitarian Assistance Program with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened a newly constructed medical facility for youth with disabilities and chronic illnesses in Dmanisi, Georgia. The project inauguration ceremony was attended by two Georgian Members of ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the 11th Battalion Deployment Ceremony (April 24)

Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the 11th Battalion Deployment Ceremony (April 24) Q-n about the event CDA Rood: It is a great honor for me today to attend this ceremony in which we send off to Afghanistan the brave Georgian soldiers of the 11th Battalion along with the American sailors and Marines of ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the U.S. Embassy Earth Day Event (April 22)

Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the U.S. Embassy Earth Day Event (April 22) Q-n about the event CDA Rood:  Today we celebrate Earth Day.  This is the day when we take care of our environment, and today I am here together with the Mayor of Tbilisi to celebrate Earth Day.  We know that air pollution is ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Earth Day Celebration (April 20)

U.S. Embassy Earth Day Celebration (April 20)   TBILISI, April 20, 2016 – Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood and Mayor of Tbilisi Kakha Kaladze will celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, April 22, 2018, at 13:00, at a U.S. Embassy event at Autotest Georgien (127 Tbilisi – Senaki Highway).  The theme of this year’s Earth Day celebration ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood’s comment to media on the margins of a Georgian Government meeting on the “Step for Better a Future” peace initiative

Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood’s comment to media on the margins of a Georgian Government meeting on the “Step for Better a Future” peace initiative (April 18)   Q-n about Step for Better a Future project for the occupied territories of Georgia and how the Embassy plans to support it Elizabeth Rood: The United States, first of all, ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Conference – Support for the Prevention of Violence Against Women in Georgia (April 18)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Conference – Support for the Prevention of Violence Against Women in Georgia (April 18) Q-n about the event CDA Elizabeth Rood: The United States’ Embassy has number of programs in Georgia that seek to strengthen civil society through empowering women and strengthening women’s voice and involvement. And, one of the ways ... Read More»

Holding Russia Accountable for Chemical Weapons Use in Salisbury, UK (April 18)

Holding Russia Accountable for Chemical Weapons Use in Salisbury, UK (April 18) Heather Nauert  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC April 18, 2018 Today, the UN Security Council and the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) met to discuss the OPCW’s recent findings related to the March 4 use of a ... Read More»

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Peace Corps G-18 Arrival Ceremony (April 17)

CDA Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Peace Corps G-18 Arrival Ceremony (April 17) Q-n about the event CDA Elizabeth Rood: The eighteenth group of 68 Peace Corps Trainees has arrived to Georgia this afternoon.  They will be going through an intensive, eleven-week training focused on language, culture, and technical skills.  After successfully completing the training, they will be sworn-in ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood’s comment to media during the tour of the Anaklia deep sea port construction (April 16)

Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood’s comment to media during the tour of the Anaklia deep sea port construction (April 16) Q-n:  Question about the Freedom House report and how it was “perceived as biased against the Georgian Government”  CDA Rood: Freedom House is an independent organization and they have completed their report according to their own criteria.  I will ... Read More»

Joined by Allies, President Trump Takes Action to End Syria’s Chemical Weapons Attacks (April 14)

Joined by Allies, President Trump Takes Action to End Syria’s Chemical Weapons Attacks (April 14)   The devastating images that emerged from Douma, Syria, on April 7 reveal the unique and gruesome danger that chemical weapons pose to the world. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s latest attack on innocent civilians violated his regime’s obligations under international ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on the ”A Step to a Better Future” Peace Initiative by the Georgian Government (April 4)

U.S. Embassy Statement on the ”A Step to a Better Future” Peace Initiative by the Georgian Government (April 4)   The United States welcomes Georgia’s release of a package of proposals intended to improve connectivity across the Administrative Boundary Lines. These measures help address the needs of the most vulnerable populations on both sides of ... Read More»

Enhancing University Research and Entrepreneurial skills in Georgia

Enhancing University Research and Entrepreneurial skills in Georgia   Application Deadline: 27 April 2018 Ilia State University with the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center at San Diego State University in California, U.S.A. are looking for innovative and dedicated beneficiaries for the entrepreneurial training program, which is part of the U.S. Embassy in Georgia program PAVING THE WAY ... Read More»

United States Welcomes Georgia Peace Initiative (April 4)

United States Welcomes Georgia Peace Initiative (April 4) Statement by Heather Nauert The United States welcomes Georgia’s package of proposals to improve the lives of people living in Georgia’s regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.  These measures help address the needs of the most vulnerable populations on both sides of the Administrative Boundary Lines and ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood’s comment to media at International Black Sea University (April 2)

Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood’s comments to media at International Black Sea University (April 2) Q-n about today’s event CDA Rood:  I am here today to visit the International Black Sea University.  Since 1995, the International Black Sea University has provided high quality education to Georgian students.  It is one of the largest and strongest private universities in Georgia, and ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood’s comments to media at the Economic Policy Research Institute essay contest award ceremony (March 30)

Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood’s comments to media at the Economic Policy Research Institute essay contest award ceremony (March 30)   Q-n about the Economic Policy Research Institute essay contest winners CDA Rood:  Today’s event was part of a very exciting project in which school children all across Georgia are learning civic education through the grant that we have ... Read More»

U.S. Participation in the Geneva International Discussions on the conflict in Georgia (March 29)

U.S. Participation in the Geneva International Discussions on the conflict in Georgia (March 29)   Press Statement by the U.S. Delegation At the forty-third round of the Geneva International Discussions on the conflict in Georgia, March 27-28, the United States condemned the tragic death of Georgian citizen Archil Tatunashvili following his arrest and detention in South Ossetia ... Read More»

Holding Russia Accountable for Its Destabilizing Behavior (March 26)

Holding Russia Accountable for Its Destabilizing Behavior (March 26) Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC March 26, 2018 On March 4, Russia used a military-grade nerve agent to attempt to murder a British citizen and his daughter in Salisbury. This attack on our Ally the United Kingdom put countless innocent lives at risk and resulted ... Read More»

DCM Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Business for Gender Equality Award Ceremony (March 20)

Q-n about the event Elizabeth Rood: We know that everywhere where women are included in the workplace and where women have greater economic opportunity there is greater prosperity for all, and for that reason the United States is very pleased through the Millennium Challenge Corporation and through other programs of the United States’ government to ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly’s comments to media on the sidelines of the reception at USS Oak Hill (March 18)

Q-n about the importance of the USS Oak Hill visit to Batumi  Ambassador Kelly:  I think this is yet another example of the United States’ support of Georgia’s sovereignty and independence.  This is the largest ship that has come to Batumi.  This ship is a great symbol of the ability of the United States to project power all over the globe.  It is not ... Read More»

Media comments made by Deputy Commander of the Amphibious Ready Group Brian Finman (March 17)

Media comments made by Deputy Commander of the Amphibious Ready Group Brian Finman (March 17) Good morning! My name is Caption Brian  Finman, I am Deputy Commander of the Amphibious  Ready Group.  The USS Oak Hill is one of our three ships.  I have been embarked while the ship is operating in the Black Sea.  ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly’s Comments to Media at Parliament’s Foreign Relations Committee (March 12)

Ambassador Kelly’s Comments to Media at Parliament’s Foreign Relations Committee (March 12)   Q-n about the Ambassador’s meeting with the Foreign Relations Committee Ambassador Kelly: I very much enjoyed speaking to the members of the Foreign Relations Committee. I talked about U.S. policy and our very strong support for the path that Georgia is on towards ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the Women in Policing Conference (March 6)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the Women in Policing Conference (March 6)   Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly:  I am very happy to have participated in the opening of this conference.  This is the third conference that I have participated in.  This is a great way, I think, for Georgia to showcase itself as a platform for regional projects, and it is ... Read More»

Deputy Chief of Mission, Elizabeth Rood’s Speech at the Women in Policing Conference (March 6)

I feel very honored today to address 250 police officers representing 13 countries.  As a woman who has raised a family while pursuing a career, like many of you, I know the challenges of doing two full-time jobs at once. Yet your positions as police officers place additional burdens on you at work and at ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media Following Meeting with Opposition Leaders (March 5)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media Following Meeting with Opposition Leaders (March 5) Q-n about the meeting and whether Tatunashvili’s death was discussed Ambassador Ian Kelly: I think you know that these are sad weeks for me.  I am going to leave in less than three weeks from now.  I am starting to make calls on my good friends and ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at Kartveli Room Opening (March 1)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at Kartveli Room Opening (March 1) Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly: It is a great pleasure and honor for me to participate in the opening of the Kartveli Room here at the library. Aleksandre Kartveli is really a symbol of the great partnership between the United States and Georgia, and a representative of all ... Read More»

Measuring Progress towards Improved Animal Health in Georgia (March 1)

Measuring Progress towards Improved Animal Health in Georgia (March 1) The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Georgian Animal Health Program focuses on reducing the incidences of priority animal diseases across the country. In collaboration with the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture, the program supports a National Animal Health Program (NAHP) Steering Group (SG) and ... Read More»

United States Mission to the OSCE On the Death of Georgian Citizen Archil Tatunashvili in Georgia’s South Ossetia Region (March 1)

United States Mission to the OSCE On the Death of Georgian Citizen Archil Tatunashvili in Georgia’s South Ossetia Region (March 1)   As delivered by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Harry R. Kamian to the Permanent Council, Vienna March 1, 2018 The United States is deeply concerned by the death of Georgian citizen Archil Tatunashvili during his ... Read More»

Death of Georgian Citizen Archil Tatunashvili in South Ossetia (February 26)

Death of Georgian Citizen Archil Tatunashvili in South Ossetia (February 26) The United States is deeply concerned by the death of Georgian citizen Archil Tatunashvili during his February 22 arrest and detention in Tskhinvali.  We express our condolences to Mr. Tatunashvili’s family and call on the responsible persons, including Russian officials exercising de facto control ... Read More»

USDA Strengthens Private Veterinary Sector capacity in Georgia (February 26)

USDA Strengthens Private Veterinary Sector capacity in Georgia (February 26) During the February 26 – March 1 USDA has conducted an intensive “Organizational and Business Development Training Course” for West Georgia VRA members in Kutaisi, Imereti region. The objectives of the intensive coursed were to strengthen organizational and business plan development skills focusing on management ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly’s Media Interaction at the Strategic Communications Program Launch (February 20)

  Ambassador Kelly’s media interaction at the official launch of the Government of Georgia Strategic Communications Program funded by the U.S. Embassy Q-n about the Strategic Communications Program funded by the U.S. Embassy Ambassador Kelly:  I was very pleased to participate with the Prime Minister to kick-off this very important training program. We believe that strategic communications—disciplined messaging—is very important for any ... Read More»

Black History Month (February 20)

Ruby Bridges The picture shows a 6-year-old Ruby Bridges escorted by U.S. Marshal Charles Burks as she integrated William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans. She became the first African-American child to attend an all-white public elementary school in the American South. Ruby’s parents were torn about whether to let her attend the all-white school, ... Read More»

Statement from the Press Secretary (February 15)

Statement from the Press Secretary (February 15) In June 2017, the Russian military launched the most destructive and costly cyber-attack in history. The attack, dubbed “NotPetya,” quickly spread worldwide, causing billions of dollars in damage across Europe, Asia, and the Americas.  It was part of the Kremlin’s ongoing effort to destabilize Ukraine and demonstrates ever ... Read More»

Statement by President Trump on the Shooting in Parkland, Florida (February 15)

Statement by President Trump on the Shooting in Parkland, Florida (February 15)   Diplomatic Room 11:22 A.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: My fellow Americans, today I speak to a nation in grief. Yesterday, a school filled with innocent children and caring teachers became the scene of terrible violence, hatred, and evil. Around 2:30 yesterday afternoon, police ... Read More»

USAID Energy Program

USAID Energy Program USAID Energy Program (UEP) is a $7.5 million 3-year project aimed at supporting Georgia in energy market development per Georgia’s obligations under the Energy Community Treaty. The ultimate goal of this program is to enhance Georgia’s energy security through improved legal and regulatory framework and increased investments in the energy sector. UEP ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the USAID Energy Program Presentation (February 14)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the USAID Energy Program Presentation (February 14) Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly:  I’m very pleased to participate in the start of this important USAID project with $7.5 million dollars and it’s part of our overall effort to help Georigia become a strong and resilient state. Of course a big part of ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the Parliamentary Oversight Presentation (February 13)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the Parliamentary Oversight Presentation (February 13) Q-n about the event          Ambassador Kelly:  First of all, I’m very pleased to participate in this event with its sponsor Transparency International.  I’m very appreciative to Transparency International for their analysis of this very important issue, and the United States wants Georgia ... Read More»

Ambassador Ian Kelly at presentation of the The Heritage Foundation report “NATO Membership for Georgia: It Is in the of U.S. and European Interest.

Ambassador Ian Kelly’s comment to media following the presentation of the The Heritage Foundation report “NATO Membership for Georgia: It Is in the of U.S. and European Interest.” (February 8) Q-n about the Heritage Foundation  report suggesting  temporary suspension of Article 5 toward Georgia’s  occupied territories  Ambassador Kelly:  First of all, I would say that no one should doubt ... Read More»

Chemical Weapons Attack in Saraqib, Syria (February 5)

Chemical Weapons Attack in Saraqib, Syria (February 5) Press Statement Heather Nauert  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC February 5, 2018 The United States is gravely alarmed by continued allegations of the use of chlorine gas by the Syrian Regime to terrorize innocent civilians, this time in Idlib Province near Saraqib. This attack is the sixth such ... Read More»

VOTING IN 2018 U.S. ELECTIONS

Your vote counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters?  All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot ... Read More»

U.S. on Russia’s Violations of Georgian Sovereignty (February 1)

U.S. on Russia’s Violations of Georgian Sovereignty (February 1) The United States condemns the Russian Federation’s approval of an agreement with the de facto leaders in Georgia’s breakaway region of South Ossetia regarding a joint military force.  We do not recognize the legitimacy of this so-called “treaty,” which does not constitute a valid international agreement. ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly at conference “The Future of Conditionality in Eastern Europe and Eurasia: Perceptions and Policies” (January 30)

Ambassador Kelly’s media engagement on the sidelines of the international conference “The Future of Conditionality in Eastern Europe and Eurasia: Perceptions and Policies” (January 30)   Q-n about the meeting Ambassador Kelly:  I very much appreciate the opportunity to exchange views with the speaker and with my good friend and colleague Janos Herman. Both the European Union ... Read More»

DCM Elizabeth Rood’s comments to the media at presentation of Baseline Study “Gender equality in Georgia: Barriers and Recommendations” (January 30)

Deputy Chief of Mission Elizabeth Rood’s comments to the media at the presentation of the Baseline Study “Gender equality in Georgia: Barriers and Recommendations” commissioned by the Gender Equity Council of the Parliament of Georgia (January 30) Q-n about the report DCM  Elizabeth Rood:  The United States Embassy commends the Parliament of Georgia for the many steps it has already ... Read More»

President Donald J. Trump’s State of the Union Address

President Donald J. Trump’s State of the Union Address TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and my fellow Americans: Less than 1 year has passed since I first stood at this podium, in this majestic chamber, to speak on ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly’s remarks to media at Bodbe Monastery on St. Nino’s Day (January 27)

Ambassador Kelly’s remarks to media at Bodbe Monastery on St. Nino’s Day (January 27) Q-n about Ambassador Kelly taking part in St. Nino’s Day celebrations Ambassador Kelly: My wife Francesca and I were really honored to be invited to the events of today.  We are both people of faith and we also appreciate the importance ... Read More»

Remarks at a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Warsaw Ghetto Heroes Monument (January 27)

Remarks at a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Warsaw Ghetto Heroes Monument (January 27) Rex W. Tillerson  Secretary of State Warsaw, Poland January 27, 2018 SECRETARY TILLERSON: On behalf of the American people, I’m honored today to recognize, along with our Polish friends, and commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Auschwitz-Birkenau was a ... Read More»

Attack in Kabul (January 27)

Attack in Kabul (January 27) Rex W. Tillerson  Secretary of State Washington, DC January 27, 2018 The United States strongly condemns today’s horrific attack in Kabul. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims who were injured and killed, and we mourn all those who lost their lives in this senseless attack. The Taliban’s ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on Joint Military Force (January 26)

U.S. Embassy Statement on Joint Military Force (January 26) The United States condemns the Russian Federation’s ratification of an agreement secured with the de facto leaders in Georgia’s breakaway region of South Ossetia regarding a joint military force.  We do not recognize the legitimacy of this so-called “treaty,” which does not constitute a valid international ... Read More»

Russia’s Violations of Georgian Sovereignty (January 26)

Russia’s Violations of Georgian Sovereignty (January 26) Heather Nauert  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC January 26, 2018 The United States condemns the Russian Federation’s ratification of an agreement with the de facto leaders in Georgia’s breakaway region of South Ossetia regarding a joint military force. We do not recognize the legitimacy of this so-called “treaty,” which ... Read More»

Presidential Message on International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 26)

Presidential Message on International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 26)   Tomorrow marks the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi death and concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.  We take this opportunity to recall the Nazis’ systematic persecution and brutal murder of six million Jewish people.  In their death camps and under their inhuman rule, ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the National Defense Academy (January 24)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the National Defense Academy (January 24) Question about the event Ambassador Kelly: I was very pleased and honored to be able to address the students and faculty of the Defense Academy today. We had a very good discussion about Georgia’s future and about cooperation between the United States and ... Read More»

Statement on the Sentencing of Afgan Mukhtarli (January 12)

Statement on the Sentencing of Afgan Mukhtarli (January 12) Heather Nauert  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC January 12, 2018 The United States is disturbed by the January 12 sentencing of Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli to a six-year prison term. Mr. Mukhtarli was reportedly abducted in Georgia on May 30 and subsequently arrested in Azerbaijan on smuggling ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens:  Improvements to Safety and Security Information

Message to U.S. Citizens:  Improvements to Safety and Security Information January 5, 2018  On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to our safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use. Travel Advisories will replace Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts.  Every country will have a Travel ... Read More»

Congratulations and best wishes to His Holiness Patriarch Ilia II (January 4)

Congratulations and best wishes to His Holiness Patriarch Ilia II (January 4) On behalf of the United States of America, Ambassador Kelly extends his warmest congratulations to His Holiness Patriarch Ilia II on the occasion of his birthday and best wishes for health and happiness in the coming year, as well as peace and prosperity for the Georgian ... Read More»

Press Statement on the Continuing Protests in Iran (January 4)

Press Statement on the Continuing Protests in Iran (January 4) Heather Nauert  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC January 4, 2018 We continue to monitor closely the protests and violence in Iran. The Iranian people have been expressing their desire for dignified treatment, an end to corruption, improved transparency, and increased economic opportunities. Protestors have also demanded ... Read More»

Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Stem Legacy Exhibition (December 22)

Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Stem Legacy Exhibition (December 22) Q-n about the event Elizabeth Rood: The United States Embassy is pleased to join with our Georgian partners in opening this exhibit, which features examples and photographs of the achievements of Georgians in science, technology, engineering, and innovation in the past.  And looking forward towards Georgia’s future, it will be even ... Read More»

Joint Statement of the 2017 U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission Working Group on People-to-People and Cultural Exchanges (December 22)

Joint Statement of the 2017 U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission Working Group on People-to-People and Cultural Exchanges (December 22) Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs December 22, 2017 ________________________________ The U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission’s Working Group on People-to-People and Cultural Exchanges met December 15 in Washington, D.C., to advance cooperation in the areas of education, public ... Read More»

Security Awareness during the Holiday Season

Security Message to U.S. Citizens: Security Awareness during the Holiday Season The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi reminds U.S. citizens in Georgia to maintain their security awareness during the holiday season.  Note that in addition to New Year’s Eve, Georgians celebrate Christmas Day on January 7 in 2018.  Large holiday gatherings may provide an attractive target ... Read More»

Annual Report on the Implementation of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act (December 20)

Annual Report on the Implementation of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act (December 20) Heather Nauert  Department Spokesperson Washington, DC December 20, 2017 Today the State Department submitted to Congress the fifth annual report on the U.S. government’s actions to implement the Act. As part of this report, the State Department, in consultation ... Read More»

2017 National Security Strategy of the United States of America

2017 National Security Strategy of the United States of America  President Donald Trump’s first annual U.S. National Security Strategy (NSS) was released on December 18. It is an Executive Branch report to Congress that outlines the President’s vision for the U.S. national security strategy, and will serve as the foundation for subsequent strategies such as DoD’s ... Read More»

U.S. Participation in the Geneva International Discussions on the Conflict in Georgia (December 13)

U.S. Participation in the Geneva International Discussions on the Conflict in Georgia (December 13) Press Statement by the U.S. Delegation At the forty-second round of the Geneva International Discussions on the conflict in Georgia December 12-13, participants made progress toward agreement on a non-use of force statement.  The United States welcomed the participants’ commitment to returning ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly’s Remark to Media at Akhaltsikhe School N1 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (December 13)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remark to Media at Akhaltsikhe School N1 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (December 13) Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly: It is a real honor for me to participate in the opening of this school.  It is both an honor and a pleasure.  I think this is the most exciting thing that I do as an ambassador because this is all ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at Women’s Political Participation Conference (December 12)

AAmbassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at Women’s Political Participation Conference (December 12) Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly:  I am very happy to participate in this very important forum. I think that a strong and stable democracy is a very inclusive democracy and, for that reason, we are very supportive of plans to increase participation of women both in the economy ... Read More»

Statement from President Donald J. Trump Regarding Attack in New York City (December 11)

Statement from President Donald J. Trump Regarding Attack in New York City (December 11)   Today’s attempted mass murder attack in New York City—the second terror attack in New York in the last two months—once again highlights the urgent need for Congress to enact legislative reforms to protect the American people. First and foremost, as ... Read More»

Statement by President Trump on Jerusalem (December 6)

Statement by President Trump on Jerusalem (December 6)   THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. When I came into office, I promised to look at the world’s challenges with open eyes and very fresh thinking. We cannot solve our problems by making the same failed assumptions and repeating the same failed strategies of the past. Old challenges ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly’s remarks to Media at the Millennium Innovations Award Launch (December 1)

Ambassador Kelly’s remarks to Media at the Millennium Innovations Award Launch (December 1) Q-n about today’s event Ambassador Kelly:  I think this is my favorite project. The U.S. Embassy has been supporting this competition, the Millennium Innovation Award. This is the fourth year that we’ll be doing it. I’ve participated in the last three inauguration events and this, I think, is one ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Recent Counter-Terrorism Operation and Holiday Security Awareness

The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi informs U.S. citizens in Georgia that currently, we have no specific or credible threat information regarding U.S. government equities or private U.S. citizens in the Republic of Georgia. However, after the Georgian Security Services’ counter-terrorism operation in Tbilisi’s Isani district on November 21-22, 2017, the U.S. Embassy recommends U.S. citizens ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly’s remarks to the media on the sidelines of the 3rd Annual Hepatitis C Technical Advisory Group Meeting (November 30)

Ambassador Kelly’s remarks to the media on the sidelines of the 3rd Annual Hepatitis C Technical Advisory Group Meeting (November 30) Q-n about the program and its challenges I think that two years ago Georgia embarked on really an extraordinary initiative and that is to eliminate, to be the first country in the world to eliminate Hepatitis ... Read More»

NASA Astronaut Heide Piper Promotes Female Empowerment (November 29)

NASA Astronaut Heide Piper Promotes Female Empowerment and Careers in Science as Part of the U.S. Embassy’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign (November 29)   Heide Piper, NASA astronaut and U.S. Navy Captain from Minnesota, will visit Georgia December 2-8 as the second speaker in the U.S. Embassy’s 16 Days of Activism ... Read More»

Statement on the Latest D.P.R.K. Missile Launch (November 28)

Statement on the Latest D.P.R.K. Missile Launch (November 28) Rex W. Tillerson  Secretary of State Washington, DC November 28, 2017 The United States strongly condemns North Korea’s launch of what is likely an intercontinental ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, indiscriminately threatening its neighbors, the region and global stability. The D.P.R.K.’s relentless pursuit of ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the Wounded Warrior Center (November 27)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the Wounded Warrior Center (November 27) The United States is very pleased and honored to have helped with this facility here, to help restore and promote the physical and the mental well-being  of these heroes — both the Georgian and the Ukrainian, and we look forward to continuing this cooperation. I use ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly Extends Condolences to Batumi Fire Victims (November 27)

Ambassador Kelly Extends Condolences to Batumi Fire Victims (November 27) On behalf of the United States Embassy, I would like to express my very deep condolences to the victims of the tragic events of this weekend in Batumi.  They really were tragic events. Batumi is one of my favorite places in Georgia.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media after Meeting with the Speaker of Parliament (November 27)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media after Meeting with the Speaker of Parliament (November 27) Q-n about the purpose of the meeting Ambassador Kelly: We requested this meeting.  We were very interested to hear about plans for a fourth wave of the judicial reform, and the reason we are interested in it is, of course, that we want to be helpful; we want ... Read More»

The United States support Georgian Government to modernize agricultural sector (November 24)

The United States support Georgian Government to modernize agricultural sector (November 24) Ambassador Kelly met with the Minister of Agriculture of Georgia (MoA) and National Statistics Office of Georgia (Geostat) to highlight United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)  assistance to the MoA and Geostat to improve the capacity for  collecting, analyzing, and disseminating agricultural data ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media following a Meeting with Supreme Court Chairwoman (November 22)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media following a Meeting with Supreme Court Chairwoman (November 22) Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly: Well, I just had a very productive meeting with the chairwoman of the Supreme Court here to discuss issues related to the judiciary and the rule of law.  As you all know, we think that one of ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at CIU Carnegie Conference (November 21)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at CIU Carnegie Conference (November 21) Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly: I’m very pleased to participate in this conference, which will discuss the significance of Andrew Carnegie’s philanthropy.  He made a tremendous impact on the United States in the late 19th – early 20th century, founding the University of Pittsburgh, libraries all over the United States, and he really ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the IBSU American Studies Conference (November 20)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the IBSU American Studies Conference (November 20) Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly:  Well, I think this is the third year I’ve participated in the opening of this very important, if not the most important, American Studies Conference; at least one of the most important American Studies Conferences in ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at Humanitarian Civic Assistance project Ribbon Cutting (November 20)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at Humanitarian Civic Assistance project Ribbon Cutting (November 20) Q-n about the event   Ambassador Kelly: We are very pleased to cooperate with the Georgian military, and also with the ministries of Defense and Health, with local government here to renovate these homes for children. Of course, they are the ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the EPAG Job Fair (November 18)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the EPAG Job Fair (November 18) Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly:  First of all, I want to thank David and the Alumni Association for inviting me here. It is a real pleasure for me to be here. This is really all about connecting Georgia’s best and brightest, Georgia’s ... Read More»

Ambassador Kelly’s Comments to Media at the Book Donation Ceremony for the National Parliamentary Library (November 17)

Ambassador Kelly’s Comments to Media at the Book Donation Ceremony for the National Parliamentary Library (November 17) Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly:  This is gift from the Embassy—it’s over 1,000 books and of course we are very grateful to the National [Parliamentary] Library for hosting this collection.  This additional donation will update their collection; ...